science: astronomy (intro)

what we are doing

An evening looking at the night sky, including using the Carter telescope, and a wander around the Carter Observatory exhibition (planetarium show included!)

what you will learn

Basic Astronomy- how to use a star map, finding/observing the planets and where to look, where to find some important and easy constellations and stars. How to do some celestial navigation and some features of the moon. Cross fingers to see some shooting stars! If it is a clear night, we could go and look at the planets/moon/star clusters in the Thomas Cooke telescope at Carter.

type of lesson


skill required


skill note

none - just enthusiasm!


$19.50 (covers planetarium / exhibition / telescope )
Pay using this paypal link

your teacher will be

Becky Bateman

Becky is a presenter and educator at Carter Observatory, and an amateur astronomer since she was a teenager and would often sneak out in the night to watch the stars.


Elf Eldridge

When Elf isn't being a space pirate, he works at the Carter Observatory, and in his day job he is a PhD student at the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology where he researches nanopore technology. In other words, using very, very small holes to study very very small particles such as viruses, DNA or proteins.



what to bring

No equipment needed, but if anyone has binoculars that would be good and a red torch to help you see the star chart.


this event is weather-dependent! 

our cancelation policy

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  • Graeme P.

    Thanks becky and elf! My interest in astronomy was extended thanks to you. Well done!

    December 16, 2012

  • Ruth D.

    It was good to have the practical experience of using a star map and trying to find the constellations with help. Because there were so many people, it was hard to have much time with the Cooke telescope and I am not sure that everyone got the opportunity to see through it before we went out to explore the night sky.

    December 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great evening. Thanks. :-)

    December 16, 2012

  • Karen

    Awesome presentation thanks guys! Very friendly and informative - great way to spend a Saturday evening! :-)

    December 16, 2012

  • Becky B.

    Looks like the weather is being kind to us tonight! Tell the foh team that you are chalklers. If anyone has a red light torch or binoculars it would be good to bring them.See you all later!

    December 15, 2012

  • Becky B.

    Paremata even!

    1 · December 13, 2012

  • Becky B.

    Is anyone going towards patemata on sat evening? Could anyone give me a lift home please?

    December 13, 2012

  • Becky B.

    Cross fingers everyone- third time lucky!!

    December 11, 2012

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