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Club Documents, Public Information Handouts and Club Presentations

These documents are presented in Adobe Acrobat Freeware (.pdf  format) and are intended to assist AVAC members or other amateur astronomy societies.

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Introduction to Astronomy Class:

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"Intro to Astronomy Part 1", Absolute Beginner

 

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"Intro to Astronomy Part 2", Intermediate

 

Presentations:

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"Extrasolar Planet Detection"  This presentation was written for a meeting of our astronomy club.  I get questions all of the time regarding how it is possible to know that planets are orbiting another star.

 

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"The Big Bang Theory, Cutting Edge Cosmology Part I"  I wrote this for presentation at the September AVAC meeting.  I have included it in it's bandwidth-hogging original PowerPoint format so please feel free to change it, add to it, etc, and put your name on this when presenting it to your club.  (Update - In order to address several of the questions I got when I did this presentation to the AVAC on September 10, here is an additional text file that presents several of the points in clearer form.)

 

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"The Life of Stars" was written for an Elementary School presentation that had been studying stars.  The presentation is in the original PowerPoint format so you're welcome to change it around to suit your purposes. (886K) 

 

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Download a presentation (in .pdf format) that covers info the new amateur astronomer absolutely must know! "Your New Telescope, The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly." (369K)

 
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Download a presentation discussing how astronomers from Ptolemy to Leavitt determined the structure of our galaxy by the 1920's.  AVAC February 2002,  "Surveying the Milky Way." (665K)

 
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Download "Astronomical Tools", developed September, 2002 for an astronomy class at Antelope Valley College.  An introduction into visual telescope types, from amateur instruments to the Next Generation Space Telescope. (522K)

 
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"Astronomy Essentials", developed November, 2002, from a great listing from Ben Balmadge  of the Foothills Astronomy Club.  This enhanced version has a lot of graphics and further focused explanations. (490K)

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Why are there 24 hours in a day?  Have you ever wondered about this?  A guest speaker at our club meeting asked this of the audience and no one could answer...  Here's the scoop.

 

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"How to Buy a Telescope"  Read this before you buy!

 

Information Sheets:

bulletQuick Telescope Polar Alignment (234K)

For more information on these documents, or if you'd like them in their native formats, contact me at astro-tom.com.  They were created in Word, Publisher, and PowerPoint.

 

05/25/2015

05/26/2017