On Saturday November 10th, I'll be offering a free interactive observational astronomy workshop at the SFU Burnaby Campus (Trottier Studio - Room C9051 in the Chemistry Dept). Here is what you'll learn:
- How to use free astronomy simulation software to understand how the sky and the objects in it appear to move. You'll also learn how to effectively use that software to plan your observing sessions for the best results, how to set it up to match your telescope and eyepieces and how to simulate starhopping using the software's ocular plug-in.
- Learn where to find high quality free detailed star charts and how to properly use them to starhop and locate even the trickiest targets.
- Learn how to determine your true field of view of your binoculars and telescope.
- Learn how to chart and starhop to asteroids visible even in the smallest telescopes (and binoculars). I'll provide you with a step by step quick reference guide I created to help you.
- Master strategies on how to learn the constellations quickly and effectively.
I'll provide you with my constellation matrix that will show you when the constellations are visible and other important details.
The session will be held in the Trottier Studio (Room C9051) which is located in the Science Building in the Chemistry department. Don't be shy to ask for directions if you get lost :) Here is a link to a map:
Please bring the following with you so you get the most out of the session:
- Math compass set with ruler, pencil, and compass to draw circles.
- A laptop with Stellarium ( http://stellarium.org/ ) installed PC or MAC. Note that you cannot install the full version on a tablet or mobile device. If you don't have a laptop that's ok - we can pair up.
- Something to take notes with.
- Please RSVP so I know how many copies to make of charts and handouts :)
This will be a good preview of what I have been covering in my two SFU astronomy courses: LIB 126 and LIB 144.