California - Stargazing since 1924
Astronomy Course at SF State
San Francisco State University is offering
a week long course in observational astronomy this summer from July
18-23 at its scenic Sierra Nevada Field Campus.
I took the class last year and it was a great hands-on course. In fact,
it was my major inspiration for taking John Dobson's telescope building
class this past fall.
You learn to identify the various constellations
and read star charts. They had several 16" and 17" Dobsonian
telescopes which we used each night. We mostly looked at Messier objects,
however, one ambitious student was able to observe Pluto! Perhaps, someone
will see Sedna this year. :-)
The campus and class schedule is very nice. Although you don't have
to, most people choose to live at the campsite during the week. The
university has large tents as well as bathrooms and showers. They also
have dining facilities which serves breakfast/dinner and provides bagged
The astronomy lectures are in the afternoon so most people go hiking
or lake swimming during the morning. After lectures, you get a couple
of more hours to relax and have dinner. We then drive up to the observation
point and usually stay until the wee hours.
The "final" is a star party, although last year it was overcast
so it was a little disappointing.
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Or feel free to e-mail me directly.
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