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Intro Part III
Intro Part IV

Online Amateur Astronomy Courses

Are you a beginner in amateur astronomy?  Are you trying to figure out how to set up your equipment?  Info, advice, tips and more can be found in the classes.  Classes are available for download online. 

 

Parts I and II of the "Introduction to the Night Sky" astronomy classes

I have distilled information from this site into two of four "classes" that I developed for the Antelope Valley Astronomy Club.  These one hour classes are structured to give participants a chance to hear basic information described in better detail than they might get from reading.  It's hoped that it will be the catalyst for generating individual questions and getting them out under the night sky with a reasonable chance of finding interesting things to look at.  These files are in .pdf format for download/display.

bulletIntroduction to the Night Sky - Part I (Absolute Beginner) (199K)
bulletIntroduction to the Night Sky - Part II (Intermediate) (564)

 

Parts III and Part IV of the "Introduction to the night Sky" astronomy classes

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Are you an intermediate amateur astronomy and need info on filters, astrophotography, use of star map programs, buying high end eyepieces, or where the darkest skies can be found?

bulletOnline Material:
bulletIntroduction to the Night Sky - Part III (Online Only)
bulletIntroduction to the Night Sky - Part IV (Online Only)

These classes, in four parts,  are designed to help the amateur astronomer understand more about their equipment and the night sky they want to observe.

In order to check out telescopes from the AVAC, each member must attend at least Part I of the  "Introduction to The Night Sky" class. 

 

"Amateur Astronomy for Beginners" Pre-recorded Video Additions: (Thank you to truemartian@aol.com)

 

bulletIntro - How to Start in Amateur Astronomy
bulletPart I - Basic Information about Telescope Types
bulletPart II - Telescope Mounts
bulletPart III - How to buy a Telescope
bulletPart IV - How to Align Your Finder Scope with the Telescope
bulletPart V - Red Light and Night Vision

 

Your suggestions to make this information more useful to the beginning amateur astronomer are welcomed!

 

Introduction to the Night Sky - Part I

Amateur Astronomy Basics

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Introduction to the Night Sky - Part II

Visual Observing Knowledge

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Introduction to the Night Sky - Part III

Advancing From Beginner to Intermediate

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Introduction to the Night Sky - Part IV

Growing in Amateur Astronomy

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Do you have any additional suggestions?  e-Mail me

 

11/2011

05/26/2017