Aspects of Astronomy

Ref: C3675824

Exploring the night sky is one of the oldest and most profound ways of trying to understand our place in the Universe. Today we have a range of ways of seeing further into space so this course explores what can be done depending upon your budget. It will begin with a basic look at what can be seen in the winter sky above Barton. There follows classes covering what can be done with the naked eye, binoculars, a look at the types of telescopes and how they work, what can be seen and imaged with a telescope and ending with a tour of our Solar System as an introduction to a possible future course.

Course aim

This course takes a look and introduces the students to some of the basics of looking at and enjoying the night sky with a range of equipment.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • No prior knowledge of astronomy and space is required but amateur astronomers may enjoy it as a refresher course.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Appreciate the variety of astronomical sights in the night sky
  • Understand that there is plenty to view with just the naked eye without needing to buy equipment.
  • Discover that a humble pair of binoculars on a tripod can allow for great views of the wide field sky.
  • Appreciate the variety of telescope designs and that they can take you deep into the cosmos
  • Understand that unless you are doing deep sky imaging, the actual views through your equipment can often look less spectacular than the images we are used to seeing in the media but that just seeing them with our own eyes can be rewarding in itself.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • The classes will also involve Q&A sessions and the tutor will be using practical equipment, iPad and laptop presentations to illustrate the topics where needed.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here
  • Information via email will be supplied regarding local astronomical societies and national organisations as well as access to the tutors own web site.

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Aspects of Astronomy

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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