The Eastlake School of Amateur Astronomy was founded for the purpose of promoting knowledge and enjoyment of all things astronomical. Members are invited to join in a guided study of astronomy & related disciplines, making progress through a guided course of study from Novice through Amateur Astronomer. Topics range from Mathematics, History, Celestial Mechanics, The Solar System, Planetary Science, Practical Observation & Star Hopping, Calendars and Time, Photography, as well as specific astronomical instruments & their construction & use (such as telescopes, sundials, gnomons, nocturnals, transits and dioptras, astrolabes and armillary spheres & etc.) New members are guided through these subjects via a program of didactic lectures, self-study, "maker projects" and practical observational astronomy using the various instruments and devices. Existing members guide new members along, passing the baton of esoteric ancient knowledge. Members give presentations, participate in citizen scientist projects, help with community outreach programs, and publish in the club periodical. We have fun socializing around the topic of astronomy, teaching each other, and observing the night sky. The school has a 100-inch long, 10" f/10 mirror Newtonian telescope; a 60-inch long 6" f/10 mirror Newtonian telescope, an equatorial platform, an armillary sphere, numerous astrolabes, and sundials. Available also is a wealth of "maker knowledge" including how to grind a telescope mirror, make an ancient astrolabe, manufacture an equatorial mount & etc. Guidance with purchasing the right telescope and other optical equipment is available as well, though members need not own their own optical equipment. Astronomy is not just about telescopes! Basic astrophotography knowledge is here to be shared too. Learn about Einstein's theory of special relativity, time dilation & length contraction. Learn what ancient astronomical world views can teach us about modern astronomy. "The Sky's The Limit!"
Learn about the Mars sundials that landed with the Spirit & Opportunity Rovers: why were they needed, and how did they work? Now that you know the basics of earthbound sundials, you will appreciate the specific challenges inherent in time telling and direction finding on Mars. But wait, there's more! Brandon claims to be able to teach us how to determine the speed of light with nothing more than a telescope. But that's not all! He will talk to us about gravitational assists and something called a Halo Drive, which utilizes black holes to reach relativistic speeds. Register now and get a handy-dandy screwdriver set! (NOT).