Amateur Astronomy for Beginners

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31 October – 5 December | 20 February – 27 March | Tuesdays | 7.00–9.00pm
Royal Observatory, Planetarium & Astronomy Centre
Astronomy courses

From how to choose and use telescopes, to identifying targets and planning observing activities.

This course is designed for those interested in taking up astronomy as a hobby, and may be studied independently without prior knowledge. It is also an ideal follow on course for those who have attended Introduction to Astronomy.

With a strong focus on developing a solid observational understanding of the night sky and how it changes throughout the year, the course will also cover setting up and aligning telescopes. Other topics are: how to choose observing locations and plan observing sessions, amateur contribution to scientific research, and an introduction to astronomy photography.

Those attending the course should have access to a telescope outside of class time, so that they can practice what they have learned in class.

The course will run twice during the 2017-18 academic year, and was formerly known as Practical Astronomy for Beginners.

  • 31 October – 5 December
  • 20 February – 27 March

Tutor: Greg Smye-Rumsby.

Interested in astrophotography?

The world-class judges from our Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition give their advice on how to take up the hobby.

See all our astronomy courses