Highland Road Park Observatory


Saturday 17 February from 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm
For ages eighteen and older.
$15.00 per in-parish registrant.
$18.00 per out-of-parish registrant.
Registration in progress.
Go to WebTrac to register (activity #541992).

These exciting one-day classes are tailor-made to instruct the patron in the use of a personal telescope or binocular, or the basics of the unaided-eye Baton Rouge sky.

Learn Your Telescope

This class is a hands-on introduction to the operations of your personal telescope. We’ll even take it outside for some practice with the waxing gibbous Moon, weather permitting. Also included will be an overview of all major sky events for the next twelve months. Up to four household members over the age of eight are encouraged to attend, though the registrant for this course must be over eighteen. Please bring all parts and accessories belonging to the telescope, including the instruction manual. This one-day course focuses specifically on telescopic views of the Baton Rouge sky. Limit ten households. Limit one telescope per household. Registration ends 14 February.

Topics that will be covered include…

  • how to set up your telescope
  • how to care for your telescope
  • major telescopic features in the Baton Rouge sky, and how to find them
  • how to darken the sky from your home
  • upcoming telescopic events
  • actual practice aiming and focusing on celestial objects (weather permitting)

ATTENTION: The form below should be filled out and sent to HRPO within forty-eight hours of paying for the course or courses. Thank you.

2018 Adult Course Registration Form PDF

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Updated by Frederick J. Barnett on Thursday, February 1, 2018, 03:46 PM.