Amateur Astronomy 101 Course

Instructor: Jeff Delmas, VBAS Observatory Director

Who Should Attend: The course is targeted to beginning observers, adults and teens, or those interested in a refresher course in basics observational astronomy.

Course Description

Learn the wonders of the night sky in a practical setting that involves both lecture and observing using your own or VBAS telescopes or binoculars. Whether you’ve purchased a telescope and want help learning your way around the night sky, are thinking about getting a telescope and want to learn about available equipment and techniques, or just want to learn, this class will help you in your quest. At the end of each lecture, students are provided a list of skill and season-appropriate targets to observe in the field and over the following week.

Updated for 2023! This year’s course has more time in the observing field and less in lecture. In addition, we’ll start directly with learning the night sky and telescope designs before later covering history and theory.

Tuesdays, 9/19/23 through 11/7/23, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Eight sessions in total

Price: $25 members, $30 nonmembers

Each student must provide an email address so the instructor can provide course materials.