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© Galloway Astronomy Centre 2016          All images are copyright – M Alexander unless otherwise stated
Courses If you have been inspired to look at the night sky by the launch of Major Tim  Peake or BBC Stargazing Live series - then take a look at our courses which can  help you develop your knowledge and observing skills further.  Astronomy Courses for Beginners We offer short courses in basic astronomy for our guests. With over 40 years  experience take advantage of the knowledge. Saving yourself frustrating nights  trying to sort the planets from the stars or even hundred of pounds by buying a  telescope that is right for you. With our beautiful dark skies we can show you  how put the ideas and techniques into practice.  Courses are run when requested by guests and do not require a minimum  number. A Guide to Observing the Night Sky  It may seem an easy thing to do, you buy binoculars or a telescope and a star  map and outside you go. In reality most beginners are confused trying to match  dots on the page to the stars in the sky and even more confused when looking  for planets or nebulae through a telescope. The aim of this course is to provide  an understanding of how to start observing the night sky by knowing what there  is to see and where it is. At the same time we introduce some of the scientific  theories behind the objects you are seeing.  The course covers: Equipment needed to get started Astronomy Software / Apps Recognising the Constellations  Finding the Planets  Finding Deep Space Objects  Why you cannot see the same detail as telescope images  Duration : 3 hours (approx.) Cost - £35 (per person). Additional family members only £10 each  A Guide to Buying a Telescope  With the range of refractor, reflector and catadioptric telescopes available to the  beginner seeming to increase each year, it can be difficult to know which one to  buy. A wrong choice can lead to frustration and the wasting of hundred of  pounds. This course is designed specifically to help the beginner make the right  choices and narrow down the list to those telescopes that best suit their needs  and budget. The course covers: Types of Telescopes Types of Mounts Types of Finderscopes Types of Eyepieces Calculating Magnification  Duration : 3 hours (approx.) Cost - £35 (per person). Additional family members only £10 each  Setting Up and Using a Telescope  If you already own a telescope, but have difficulty in understanding how to use  it, this course is for you. The course covers: Explaining all the parts of the telescope  Balancing the telescope   Polar Alignment (Equatorial Mounts only)  Finderscope Alignment  How to alignment a reflectors optics  includes free collimation check worth £20*   Use of Eyepieces  Calculating Magnification  Correct movement of the mount when locating objects  Duration : 2 hours (approx.) Cost - £35 (per person). Additional family members only £10 each  * Collimation price based on South Down Astronomy website  If you are not able to bring your own telescope where possible we will  demonstrate using our equipment.  For non residents there is an additional charge of £10 per course above  Tour of the Universe - Free (All you pay is the telescope time at £7 per hour)  Take a guided tour of the heavens. We will tell you the story of how ancient  civilizations named the constellations. Using our 16 inch telescope we can take  you through the Solar System then venture far back in time as we go into the  depths of space. Typically we will be observing the following objects or types of  objects: The Planets - Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune  Nebulae/Star forming regions  Star Clusters Galaxies  Double Stars Meteors Moon Satellites and International Space Station passes  Comets Aurora Note: Not all objects are visible every night.  Duration : 2 hours (approx.) Cost - You pay only for the Telescope time at £7 per hour per person Non residents - Please phone for prices.  Notes: Please bring warm clothes, coats and hats - it can be cold at night at any time of  the year. We intend to add further courses later. If there is a particular aspect of  astronomy you would like to learn more about please contact us.  Talks  In the event of a cloudy night, we will provide a free talk instead.  Comments   Guests who have taken courses said: “As a beginner I learned more from Mike than £100s on books.   His knowledge and ability to teach is superb.  We will certainly recommend to others…”   D Henderson, Argyl  “Mike gave us a great introduction to the sky and astronomy.”  B Knight, Glasgow “Thank you for showing us the stars at night. Everything surpassed our expectations. We are  going home much better informed.”  D Lindsay, Ayrshire
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© Galloway Astronomy Centre 2016                                    All images are copyright – M Alexander unless otherwise stated
Courses If you have been inspired to look at the  night sky by the launch of Major Tim Peake  or BBC Stargazing Live series - then take a  look at our courses which can help you  develop your knowledge and observing  skills further. Astronomy Courses for Beginners We offer short courses in basic astronomy for our guests.  With over 40 years experience take advantage of the  knowledge. Saving yourself frustrating nights trying to sort  the planets from the stars or even hundred of pounds by  buying a telescope that is right for you. With our beautiful  dark skies we can show you how put the ideas and  techniques into practice.  Courses are run when requested by guests and do not  require a minimum number.  A Guide to Observing the Night Sky  It may seem an easy thing to do, you buy  binoculars or a telescope and a star map  and outside you go. In reality most  beginners are confused trying to match  dots on the page to the stars in the sky  and even more confused when looking for  planets or nebulae through a telescope.  The aim of this course is to provide an  understanding of how to start observing  the night sky by knowing what there is to  see and where it is. At the same time we  introduce some of the scientific theories  behind the objects you are seeing.  The course covers: Equipment needed to get started Astronomy Software / Apps Recognising the Constellations  Finding the Planets  Finding Deep Space Objects  Why you cannot see the same detail as telescope images  Duration : 3 hours (approx.) Cost - £35 (per person). Additional family members only £10 each  A Guide to Buying a Telescope  With the range of refractor, reflector and  catadioptric telescopes available to the  beginner seeming to increase each year, it  can be difficult to know which one to buy.  A wrong choice can lead to frustration and  the wasting of hundred of pounds. This  course is designed specifically to help the  beginner make the right choices and  narrow down the list to those telescopes  that best suit their needs and budget. The course covers: Types of Telescopes Types of Mounts Types of Finderscopes Types of Eyepieces Calculating Magnification  Duration : 3 hours (approx.) Cost - £35 (per person). Additional family members only £10 each  Setting Up and Using a Telescope  If you already own a telescope, but have difficulty in  understanding how to use it, this course is for you. The course covers: Explaining all the parts of the telescope  Balancing the telescope   Polar Alignment (Equatorial Mounts only)  Finderscope Alignment  How to alignment a reflectors optics  includes free collimation check worth £20*   Use of Eyepieces  Calculating Magnification  Correct movement of the mount when  locating objects Duration : 2 hours (approx.) Cost - £35 (per person). Additional family members only £10 each  * Collimation price based on South Down Astronomy website  If you are not able to bring your own telescope where  possible we will demonstrate using our equipment.  For non residents there is an additional charge of £10  per course above Tour of the Universe - Free (All you pay is the telescope  time at £7 per hour)  Take a guided tour of the heavens. We will  tell you the story of how ancient  civilizations named the constellations.  Using our 16 inch telescope we can take  you through the Solar System then  venture far back in time as we go into the  depths of space. Typically we will be  observing the following objects or types of  objects: The Planets - Mercury, Venus, Mars,  Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune Nebulae/Star forming regions  Star Clusters Galaxies  Double Stars Meteors Moon Satellites and International Space Station passes  Comets Aurora Note: Not all objects are visible every night.  Duration : 2 hours (approx.) Cost - You pay only for the Telescope time at £7 per hour per  person Non residents - Please phone for prices.  Notes: Please bring warm clothes, coats and hats - it can be cold at  night at any time of the year.  We intend to add further courses later. If there is a particular  aspect of astronomy you would like to learn more about  please contact us.  Talks  In the event of a cloudy night, we will provide a free talk  instead.  Comments   Guests who have taken courses said: “As a beginner I learned more from Mike than £100s on books.   His knowledge and ability to teach is superb.  We will certainly  recommend to others…”  D Henderson, Argyl  “Mike gave us a great introduction to the sky and astronomy.”  B Knight, Glasgow “Thank you for showing us the stars at night. Everything surpassed our  expectations. We are going home much better informed.”  D Lindsay, Ayrshire
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Courses If you have been inspired to look at the night sky by the launch  of Major Tim Peake or BBC Stargazing Live series - then take a  look at our courses which can help you develop your knowledge  and observing skills further. Astronomy Courses for Beginners We offer short courses in basic astronomy for  our guests. With over 40 years experience take  advantage of the knowledge. Saving yourself  frustrating nights trying to sort the planets  from the stars or even hundred of pounds by  buying a telescope that is right for you. With  our beautiful dark skies we can show you how  put the ideas and techniques into practice.  Courses are run when requested by guests and  do not require a minimum number.  A Guide to Observing the Night Sky  It may seem an easy thing to do, you buy  binoculars or a telescope and a star map and  outside you go. In reality most beginners are  confused trying to match dots on the page to  the stars in the sky and even more confused  when looking for planets or nebulae through a  telescope. The aim of this course is to provide  an understanding of how to start observing the  night sky by knowing what there is to see and  where it is. At the same time we introduce  some of the scientific theories behind the  objects you are seeing.  The course covers: Equipment needed to get started Astronomy Software / Apps Recognising the Constellations  Finding the Planets  Finding Deep Space Objects  Why you cannot see the same detail as telescope images  Duration : 3 hours (approx.) Cost - £35 (per person). Additional family members only £10 each  A Guide to Buying a Telescope  With the range of refractor, reflector and  catadioptric telescopes available to the  beginner seeming to increase each year, it can  be difficult to know which one to buy. A wrong  choice can lead to frustration and the wasting  of hundred of pounds. This course is designed  specifically to help the beginner make the right  choices and narrow down the list to those  telescopes that best suit their needs and  budget. The course covers: Types of Telescopes Types of Mounts Types of Finderscopes Types of Eyepieces Calculating Magnification  Duration : 3 hours (approx.) Cost - £35 (per person). Additional family members only £10 each  Setting Up and Using a Telescope  If you already own a telescope, but have  difficulty in understanding how to use it, this  course is for you. The course covers: Explaining all the parts of the telescope  Balancing the telescope   Polar Alignment (Equatorial Mounts only)  Finderscope Alignment  How to alignment a reflectors optics  includes free collimation check worth £20*   Use of Eyepieces  Calculating Magnification  Correct movement of the mount when locating  objects Duration : 2 hours (approx.) Cost - £35 (per person). Additional family members only £10 each  * Collimation price based on South Down Astronomy website  If you are not able to bring your own telescope where possible we  will demonstrate using our equipment.  For non residents there is an additional charge of £10 per  course above Tour of the Universe - Free (All you pay is the telescope time at  £7 per hour) Take a guided tour of the heavens. We will tell  you the story of how ancient civilizations  named the constellations. Using our 16 inch  telescope we can take you through the Solar  System then venture far back in time as we go  into the depths of space. Typically we will be  observing the following objects or types of  objects: The Planets - Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter,  Saturn, Uranus, Neptune Nebulae/Star forming regions  Star Clusters Galaxies  Double Stars Meteors Moon Satellites and International Space Station passes  Comets Aurora Note: Not all objects are visible every night.  Duration : 2 hours (approx.) Cost - You pay only for the Telescope time at £7 per hour per  person Non residents - Please phone for prices.  Notes: Please bring warm clothes, coats and hats - it can be cold at  night at any time of the year.  We intend to add further courses later. If there is a particular  aspect of astronomy you would like to learn more about please  contact us. Talks  In the event of a cloudy night, we will provide a free talk instead.  Comments   Guests who have taken courses said: “As a beginner I learned more from Mike than £100s on books.   His knowledge and ability to teach is superb.  We will certainly recommend  to others…”  D Henderson, Argyl  “Mike gave us a great introduction to the sky and astronomy.”  B Knight, Glasgow “Thank you for showing us the stars at night. Everything surpassed our  expectations. We are going home much better informed.”  D Lindsay, Ayrshire
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