From how to choose and use telescopes to identifying targets and planning observing activities, learn everything you need to get started in amateur astronomy at Royal Observatory Greenwich.
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 include:
- how to choose observing locations and plan observing sessions
- amateur contribution to scientific research
- an introduction to astronomy photography.
Those attending the course should have access to a telescope outside of class time so that they can practise what they have learned in class.
The course will run twice during the 2019-20 academic year, and was formerly known as Practical Astronomy for Beginners.
Amateur Astronomy for beginners course dates
- 5 November - 10 December 2019
- 25 February - 31 March 2020