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Tue 11 May 2010, 7:00pm–8:30pm
Tue 18 May 2010, 7:00pm–8:30pm
Tue 25 May 2010, 7:00pm–8:30pm
Tue 1 Jun 2010, 7:00pm–8:00pm

Where: Beverly Begg Observatory, Robin Hood Park, Roslyn, Dunedin

Restrictions: R15

Listed by: deepskies

This course is planned to assist new observers in the art of looking at the night sky. It will help you to become familiar with the use of your telescope or provide information if you plan to purchase a small scope. Observation using telescopes is part of each session, weather permitting. All tutors are experienced members of the Dunedin Astronomical Society.

Fee for the four-session course is $30 per person - This fee includes one year’s membership of the Dunedin Astronomical Society. So it is really great value! There is no charge for current financial members of the Society, but numbers are limited so registration is essential. While the course is designed for adults, secondary students are welcome.

• Session 1 - Using a telescope Tuesday 11th May
- Pointing 7 pm to 8 -30pm
- Finder scope alignment Tutor: Ron Paine
- Checking scope
-Great websites
• Session 2 - How to observe Tuesday 18th May
- What the eyes do 7pm to 8.30pm
- Telescope size & magnitude Tutor: Peter Jaquiery
- Telescope size & magnification
- Identifying stars as they appear after dusk
Society workshop night follows this session.
• Session 3 - Star & Planet Finding Tuesday 25th May
- Naked eye star maps 7 pm to 8.30pm
- Using a planisphere Tutor: Dale Watts
- Other aids - where are the planets
- The Moon - best time
- Recommended tools & books
• Session 4 - Deep sky fuzzies Tuesday 1st June
- What are they 7pm to 8.00 pm
-How to look through a telescope Tutor: Ashley Pennell
- Expectations - Why are they not like the Hubble photos?
Followed by Society monthly meeting

If you have a telescope (or binoculars) bring them along. There are currently four excellent telescopes in regular use at the observatory plus a limited number of small scopes which are available for loan to those who do not have one. A number of members’ telescopes will be in use or on show also.

There will also be an opportunity for course members to visit “The Cottage”, a dark sky facility near Middlemarch, which is operated by the Dunedin Astronomical Society.

Registration is essential. Forms may be obtained by writing to:
Dunedin Astronomical Society, P.O. Box 6019, Dunedin
or by following the bookings link; or calling the booking telephone number.