Daytime Astronomy Course in Halifax and Truro | 31 Jan PDF Print E-mail

Daytime Course: A Practical Guide to Observing the Night Sky

 

Photo: Tony Schellinck,  NGC 253, the Silver Dollar Galaxy
 

 

This is one of many courses offered to seniors (50 years and older) by the Seniors College Association of Nova Scotia. Go to theSCANS.org to join and/or register for this and other courses. HOWEVER, FOR THE HALIFAX CLASS PEOPLE OF ALL AGES MAY ATTEND!
 

Location: Halifax and Truro (see below for details)

starts January 31 (6 weeks)

 

After completing this course the participant should have a greater appreciation of and knowledge about what objects there are to see in the night sky and how to find and observe them. Topics covered include: how to find your way around the summer, fall, winter and spring night skies; how to observe the moon and planets; and what galaxies, globular clusters, open clusters, planetary nebula, diffuse nebula, double stars and interesting asterisms can be found. We will also cover how to view these objects using dark adapted eyes and averted vision, and practice observing using a variety of instruments from binoculars to telescopes. We will also explore topics of interest to participants. If the weather cooperates we will have a couple of nights when we will put into practice what we learned in class.Students are encouraged to bring a pair of binoculars to each class in order to practice observing with them in class. 

More Details

 

The Halifax class is offered in partnership with Halifax Public Libraries, and half the 100 seats in the Woodlawn branch auditorium are available to the public. Anyone twelve or older interested in learning to observe deep sky objects with binoculars is welcome to attend the classes. You may attend as many classes as you like at any point in the course. Tony would be thrilled if the room was filled with interested students of all ages! If we get a chance to go on a field trip for an evening of night sky viewing with binoculars and telescopes then the public is invited to come along as well.

IF YOU HAVE A PAIR OF BINOCULARS AT HOME PLEASE BRING THEM TO EACH CLASS SO THAT YOU CAN PRACTICE USING THEM DURING THE CLASS.  IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A PAIR THEN I HAVE SEVERAL PAIR TO LEND OUT DURING THE CLASS.

Halifax Class
Woodlawn Public Library, 31 Eisener Boulevard, Dartmouth ‡ [location]
Wednesdays, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm (6 weeks) - Begins January 31, ends March 7

Truro Class
Edinburgh Hall, Parkland Truro, 356 Young Street, Truro [location]
Wednesdays, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm (6 weeks) - Begins January 31, ends March 7

 

Your Instructor: Tony Schellinck


Tony has always had an interest in astronomy; but it wasn’t until age 55 that he became active as an amateur astronomer. A former Dalhousie professor, he knows that the best way to learn a topic is to teach it. He therefore participates in public viewing sessions around Nova Scotia, has become a regular presenter at the Halifax Planetarium, and has given lectures at parks and libraries around the province. His most recent innovation is his flat screen planetarium show held at the Astor Theatre in Liverpool and the Osprey Arts Centre in Shelburne where he shows people how to observe the night sky using binoculars.