Highland Road Park Observatory

2017 AMATEUR ASTRONOMY COURSES

Saturdays from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm
For ages eighteen and older.
$15.00 per in-parish registrant.
$18.00 per out-of-parish registrant.
Registration begins 26 November.
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.

7 JANUARY: 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.

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)

This session will take place as long as there is one household registered by Wednesday 4 January.

14 JANUARY: Learn Your Binocular

This class is a hands-on introduction to the operations of your personal binocular. We’ll even take it outside for some practice, 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 binocular, including the instruction manual. This one-day course focuses specifically on binocular views of the Baton Rouge sky. Limit twenty households. Limit one binocular per household.

Topics that will be covered include…

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

This session will take place as long as there are two households registered by Wednesday 11 January.

21 JANUARY: Learn Your Sky

This class is an introduction to the unaided-eye Baton Rouge sky. We’ll even go outside for some practice, weather permitting. Also included will be an overview of all major sky events for the next twelve months. This one-day course focuses specifically on the unaided-eye Baton Rouge sky. Limit thirty registrants. All registrants must be over eighteen; children are not allowed.

Topics that will be covered include…

  • major stars and constellations in Baton Rouge
  • major lunar features and how to find them
  • basic skygazing terminology
  • how to distinguish planets from stars
  • what meteors, conjunctions and “visible passes” are, and how to see them
  • major unaided-eye features of our Milky Way Galaxy
  • solar viewing safety, and how to view the Sun☉ without store-bought equipment
  • how to darken the sky from your home
  • upcoming unaided-eye events
  • benefits of belonging to an astronomy club
  • actual practice identifying stars, asterisms and constellations (weather permitting)

NOTE: This session will take place as long as there are three people registered by Wednesday 18 January.

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

2017 Amateur Astronomy Form PDF


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Created by Frederick J. Barnett on Wednesday, November 23, 2016, 01:10 PM.