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The Observatory Science Centre
Herstmonceux
Hailsham
East Sussex
BN27 1RN
Tel: 01323 832731
Fax: 01323 832741

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Astronomy Courses for 2016

Would you like to learn how to recognize the constellations and navigate your way around the night sky? Would you like to learn more about cosmology, the solar system or life in the Universe? Are you beyond the beginner stage but are still looking to further your knowledge? The Science Centre is running 3 different evening courses in 2016 to try and answer these questions and much more.
 
STAR SEARCH (Spring and Autumn)
ASTRONOMY & SPACE: A course for beginners.
FURTHER ASTRONOMY 

In addition to the evening courses we are also offering one day courses:

TELESCOPE CLINICS (Spring and Autumn)
INTRODUCTION TO ASTRO-IMAGING

These one day courses include food and drink (see below).

Booking is essential for all courses and spaces are limited to 30 per course.

See How to Book
Telescope Clinics 2016

Two one day courses

Due to the popularity of the Spring course last year we ended up adding an extra date in the Autumn. This year we start out with a Spring and an Autumn course. So......

Do you have a telescope but don't really know how to use it properly and need some friendly advice? Have you just been given a telescope as a present or is one still sitting in its box gathering dust and you would like to learn how to use it? Well this is the course for you!

Our local Astronomy Society (Wealden Astronomical Society) will be able to guide you through your telescope and help you set it up ready to begin your observations. The day will begin with an introduction about telescopes, the terminology used and the parts that make up the telescope and how they work. This will be followed by small group sessions when you get really hands-on. The early evening will be dedicated to looking through your telescope and getting to grips with what your telescope is capable of (weather permitting).

Members of WAS have a number of different telescopes and are able to offer help and advice about different brands. When you make your booking please let us know the make and type of telescope, including the mount if known, so that when you bring it along with you we can make sure you are put into the correct small group.

The price of the day includes tea/coffee during two breaks and an early evening supper of beef lasagne or jacket potato with cheese and beans both served with garlic bread and salad. Please let us know your preference when you book. 

Time    2pm - 8pm
Spring  Saturday 13th February
Autumn    Saturday 12th November
Cost  £35 per person

Course run by: Wealden Astronomical Society

Numbers are limited to 30 people so book early!

Either phone the Centre on 01323 832731 or book on-line using the following link.

For the Autumn Telescope Clinic click here
(A booking fee applies for on-line booking)

We recommend warm clothing for all evening courses and a red light torch if you have one.

What the participants think!

Although cloudy, very informative

Thank you for a really enjoyable afternoon

It gave me more confidence using my telescope

There was excellent tips on what I should do, so thanks.

Thanks especially to Steve for being so patient and for explaining everything to us. We really appreciate all he has taught us.

The staff member helping me was excellent and helpful

The Wealden AS were very helpful and informative

Food was great! 
Star Search 2016

Two four week courses held in Spring and Autumn

These courses are designed to look at the whole sky using the naked eye. They will help you recognise the most prominent constellations so you can use them to navigate your way around the night sky. In ancient times many stories were attached to the constellations and we will explore some of these mythologies. You will learn about the Moon and planets and there will be a brief introduction to some deeper sky objects that are often spotted through binoculars. You will also learn how to use a planisphere and star maps. We recommend that you bring a red light torch if you have one and wrap up warmly.

The course is partly classroom based but it is hoped that, weather permitting, there will be plently of opportunity to translate what has been learned indoors to the actual night sky on clear evenings.
 
The Centre’s shop sells planispheres and many useful guides to the night sky and will be open on each evening. 

Time  7.30pm - 9.30pm
Spring  March 2nd - March 23rd (Wednesdays)
Autumn   October 10th - October 31st (Mondays)
Cost  £60 per person

Course lecturer: Dr Sandra Voss

Numbers are limited to 30 people per course so book early!

Either phone the Centre on 01323 832731 or book on-line using the following links.

For the Spring Star Search click here
For the Autumn Star Search click here
(A booking fee applies for on-line booking)

We recommend warm clothing for all evening courses and a red light torch if you have one.
Introduction To Astro-imaging 2016 

Two one day courses

Due to popular demand we have now introduced a second day. Howevr, it iswith regret that Nik is now unable to do the Atumn course. As soon as we find a replacement for Nik we will post details. 

In this introductory course you will learn about the equipment that you will need (telescopes, mounts, autoguiders etc), imaging with DSLRs, polar-alignment, CCD techniques (calibration etc) and image processing.  

The price of the day includes tea/coffee during morning and afternoon and buffet lunch of sandwiches and cake.

Time    10.30am - 4.30pm
Spring  Sunday April 17th
Autumn  Sunday September 18th
Cost £35 per person

 Course lecturer: To Be Confirmed

Numbers are limited to 30 people so book early!

What the participants think!

Great day, course given by a very keen astrophotographer. Gave me a good insight into this area. Many thanks.

Really great course perfectly suited to me as someone who is an SLR user and wants to expand to astro-imaging and learn how to process the images. Nik is a great tutor with a wealth of knowledge. Thanks for an enjoyable day.

A worthwhile day. Thank you Nik

Astronomy and Space 2016

A twelve week course for beginners (with the option of one extra 13th week!)

This course is suitable for those with little or no knowledge of the subject. During the course you will be introduced to the basic techniques used in astronomy and construct your own simple telescope. You will learn about the solar system, our place in the Universe, comets and meteorites. You will be introduced to cosmology, life and death of stars, time and its importance in astronomy and discuss life in the Universe. The course also includes a lecture on and visit to the Space Geodesy Facility where they track satellites using powerful lasers. This course is also designed so that you can take advantage of the Centre's historic telescopes. Viewing is of course weather permitting and due to the nature of the course content it may also not be possible because of time constraints. However, if the weather is good there should be plenty of opportunities for you to look through a large telescope during the 13 weeks.  

Time  7.30pm - 9.30pm
Dates      September 14th to November 30th (13th week December 7th)
Cost  £150 per person (NO extra charge for the 13th week)
 
Course lecturers: Dr. Sandra Voss, Dr. Roger Wood, Victoria Smith (Space Geodesy Facility).
 
Numbers are limited to 30 people per course so book early!

We recommend warm clothing for all evening courses and a red light torch if you have one.
What the students think!

"The course has been great and I'm looking forward to reflecting on the lectures and developing my knowledge."

"The whole course was wonderful and left me wanting more."

"Thank you for a fantastic course."

"I wasn't sure what to expect - but really enjoyed it. Complex ideas but fascinating."
Booking is essential for all courses

How to Book

To make a booking please telephone the Centre and reserve your place using a credit or debit card.

Telephone: 01323 832731

Alternatively we are offering on-line booking for specific events. Please follow the link highlighted in the relevant information section above.

Refund policy: Any refunds will incur a £5 administration charge. Please note; we will not be able to refund any bookings within 7 days of the event taking place.
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