Science for the Curious – Practical Astronomy

Tutor; Peter Coates
Start Date: 13/04/2021 Tuesdays
Finish Date: 07/12/2021
Note this course is to be held at different times and venues.


Science for the Curious: Practical Astronomy
This is a hands on course, that introduces the amateur to the practical aspects of how to find and recognise objects in the night sky and also how to use optical instruments to view them. The course comprises a mix of lesson based instruction, practical demonstrations and actual star gazing. As such it is a mix of daytime and night time sessions.
The course participants will be expected to carry out the star gazing sessions in a practical format, where they are involved in documenting and reporting on their observations and also planning star gazing nights.

Amongst other things, the subjects include:

  • How to easily recognise constellations and find their major stars.
  • How to set up and use a telescope.
  • The techniques used to find deep space objects.
  • How to use various resources to assist in viewing the night sky.
  • How to plan a star gazing night.


Familiarisation with, and observation of, some of the wonders of the Universe. Such as globular clusters, nebulae and galaxies.
As numbers are limited, members who have previously indicated interest in doing this course will have preference. Others will be wait-listed.
Location will be advised for each week by Course Leader.
The Course leader will give you a schedule.