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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 class

introduction

skill required

1/10 - none - just enthusiasm!

your chalklers 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.

cost 22.45 (incl. GST) - covers planetarium / exhibition / telescope

how to book and pay
RSVP above and Pay using this paypal link

or

deposit $22.45 into Chalkle's Kiwibank account:
#[masked]
Details to include: [masked] - Your name

note
this event is weather-dependent!


our cancelation policy

If you RSVP for a class and fail to show up, you will get a "no show". Three no shows means you will be removed from chalkle. You may request to rejoin after six months.

We expect pre payment for all classes.

If you cancel your RSVP:

- less than 3 days before = no refund
- after 7pm night before = no refund and a no show will be recorded.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Becky my nephew was taken to hospital in Japan on Saturday and put on life support. I would like my place carried over to the next course if possible.

    February 24, 2013

  • Becky B.

    Thank you for your lovely comments, I'm glad you all had a great time on Saturday. I enjoyed meeting you all- a class is only as good as its students!
    I hope now you look up at the sky more often and know roughly what you are looking at! :)

    Becky

    February 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Becky for letting me drop in on your local Astronomy intro. Great fun seeing the Southern sky.

    February 17, 2013

  • Suzanne W.

    Really enjoyable, thanks Becky (sorry I didn't get a chance to say thanks last night, had to run for the cable car). Looking forward to details about space camp!

    February 17, 2013

  • Raffaella F.

    I really enjoyed the starry night and your explanations thank you very much

    February 17, 2013

  • Barbara M.

    Thanks - really enjoyed the evening and your enthusiasm. Wondering why I haven't been to the observatory before and WHY Wton council don't put in decent low downlights !!!

    February 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Really enjoyed it. A novel way to spend Saturday night!

    February 16, 2013

  • Liz H.

    Great session, thanks Becky

    February 16, 2013

  • Becky B.

    Thanks Paul :) see you in a few hours!

    The Front of house guys will have your name on a list, please introduce yourselves as Chalkle to them and they will tick your name off. if anyone has any red torches or binoculars feel free to bring them.

    Looking forward to meeting you all later.
    Becky

    February 16, 2013

  • Paul

    Thanks Becky, have made payment

    February 16, 2013

  • Becky B.

    not too late at all :) Thanks Gold

    February 16, 2013

  • Gold

    Elf, Becky, I've just put through the payment for my +1. Sorry I didn't get to this earlier. Hopefully it's not too late. Weather is looking good for it today too. :)

    February 16, 2013

  • Becky B.

    Hi Paul,
    From the observatory's point of view it is much more difficult to pay on the night. I invoice Chalkle so the observatory doesn't keep any of the money from the class. We also changed the system so that everyone has to pay before coming because we were getting a lot of no shows. If we say yes to you, we would have to say yes to everyone and that would make the new change rather inefficient.
    It looks like a good day for it so I hope to see you later.
    Becky

    1 · February 16, 2013

  • Paul

    Hi, I'm on the wait list, I don't really want to make payment and find out I can't go, can i pay on the night if I move from the waitlist to confirmed???

    February 15, 2013

  • Becky B.

    I will confirm by 5pm on Saturday, I will pop a note up on this page.
    Looking forward to meeting you all tomorrow!

    February 15, 2013

  • Barbara M.

    Hi there - could you let me know when you make a call re weather and how it is notified (am kind of assuming here - but have learnt assumptions are worth checking) Thanks B

    February 14, 2013

  • chalkle

    If you are on the waitlist and have made a payment for this class, please let us know via email at [masked] and we can let the teacher know you are coming

    February 14, 2013

  • Fiona C.

    Can no longer make it :(

    February 11, 2013

  • Wanni

    I need a refund as I won't be in town then.
    I made a transfer under the name Wanni. Thank you!

    January 31, 2013

    • Silvia

      Hi Wanni - if you did a bank transfer could you email me your bank details to [masked], if you did paypal - can you let me know the date and I'll refund via paypal

      February 1, 2013

  • Silvia

    I have changed the date - get in touch if anyone needs a refund

    January 19, 2013

  • Becky B.

    Hi everyone- sorry for delayed response! My phone crashed.....
    Sorry, but the weather is again being uncooperative for star gazing. I can't see anything but cloud.
    Postponed date 16th Feb.
    Sorry again, I was so looking forward to meeting you all tonight!
    Becky

    January 19, 2013

  • Wanni

    Is it still on? :)

    January 19, 2013

  • Becky B.

    Keep an eye on this page tomorrow. The weather is looking pretty shocking for the evening. If we have to cancel I will try and post something here by 5pm. If we cancel it will move forward to Feb 16th. Cross fingers everyone!

    January 18, 2013

  • Becky B.

    Cross your fingers for good weather everyone!

    January 17, 2013

  • Leahna

    I'm sorry, I now need to attend an out of town meeting. Next time!

    January 16, 2013

  • Gold

    My partner will be in town this weekend. Fortunately they're into astronomy too. :)

    January 7, 2013

  • chalkle

    Note: the total amount payable is $22.45 incl. GST

    January 1, 2013

  • chalkle

    Yes. It would in fact be preferable if everyone can pay vial bank transfer. The details are:
    account number:[masked]
    Name: Chalkle Limited
    Please use reference number:[masked]

    January 1, 2013

  • Becky B.

    Silvia- if you don't have paypal, and RSVPed for the astronomy intro on January 19th, can they pay by bank transfer?

    January 1, 2013

  • Julie R.

    Sorry Silvia, we can't make this date. Can you please refund me(x2) - thanks

    December 30, 2012

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