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Astronomy Workshop

Friday 16 March 2018 16:00 - 22:00


Discover the star-strewn dark skies of west Dorset and learn about constellations and deep space.

Would you like to learn about the night sky, recognising constellations, understanding the solar system and deep space? This one day workshop for beginners will help you to learn more about the amazing night sky as well as how to use the equipment needed to see what is not visible with the naked eye.

Using presentations, astronomical models and demonstration you will learn basic effective astronomical observation and observing techniques, object recognition, effective choice and use of observing equipment and observing aids.

This will be followed by an observation session to put what you have learnt into practise. If the sky is cloudy you will have the opportunity for discussion sessions on extra-terrestrial intelligence, the size and age of the Universe, the danger of asteroid/comet Impacts on Earth, or a subject chosen by the course participants.

This course is run in a small group so there is plenty of opportunity to tap into Stephen’s expertise and you will receive lots of guidance throughout the course.

This is an ideal course for beginners to learn about what is in the night sky and how to observe it.

Stephen Tonkin is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and has been an amateur astronomer since his childhood. He now spends most of his time doing astronomical outreach and is in demand as a speaker to astronomical societies throughout Britain. He has taught astronomy to adults and children for over 30 years and has authored many articles and several books on practical aspects of astronomy. Stephen is a STEM ambassador with a special brief for astronomy and has a monthly column in BBC Sky at Night magazine, for which he also writes equipment and book reviews.

Prices: £65 pp includes afternoon tea, a light supper and all tuition/activities.

Times: The course will start at 4pm on Friday with introduction session, finishing approx. 10pm.

What to bring: Binoculars and/or telescopes if you have them, warm outdoor clothing (dress for about 5 or 10 degrees below the expected minimum temperature) and comfortable, sturdy footwear for walking outdoors.

Why not make this a full star gazing weekend and combine this with our popular astro-photography workshop (Sat 17 - Sun 18 March) by adding a B&B? 

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