what we are doing
Have you ever wondered what those fuzzy blobs are up in the night time sky? Have you already done an astronomy intro and what to learn more? Well this is the class for you!
what you will learn
We will be finding and observing deep sky objects (objects outside our Solar System) using binoculars and telescopes and showing you how to use star maps and tips and tricks like star hopping. There are some wonderful things to observe at the moment- some of these are:
M42- Orion Nebula, M41(open cluster), Sirius, Taurus and the Hyades cluster, Aldebaran, Matariki cluster, LMC and SMC (nearby galaxies!), Tarantula Nebula, 47 Tucanae, the Jewel box, Eta Carina, the Southern Pleiades, Alpha centauri (galaxy), Gamma Crucis and Omega Centauri.
type of lesson
next step, practice
2-3 (for people who have attended a basics astronomy class or came to Space Camp)
your chalklers will be
Becky and Elf will be hosting your evening, you may already recognise us from Space Camp, and astrophysics and astronomy intros.But in case you have forgotten who we are....
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.
cost 6 (+GST)
how to pay and book
RSVP above and pay using this paypal link.
deposit $6.90 into Chalkle's Kiwibank account: #[masked]
Details to include:[masked]- Your name - astronomy
what you need to bring
We will be outside for a few hours, so you will need to wear warm clothes! If you have a red head torch and binoculars, please bring them. We will be using binoculars a lot over the evening so the more binoculars we can have the better.
We will give you a leaflet and star chart on how to find these objects, but some knowledge of how to use a star chart would be desirable.
The class will be roughly 2 hours long, and of course weather dependent! We will inform you by 6pm on the 1st Feb if it is cancelled due to rubbish unco-operative weather!
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.
If you cancel your RSVP:
- less than 7 days = restricted from this class for three months.
- after 7pm night before = class restriction, and a no show will be recorded.
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