Intro Classes

 

Observing Hours

 


Night Assistants available:

Tues, Weds, Thurs

 

8:00 - 9:00 pm

Moon Tours

Dark Sky Tours

 


9:00 - 10:00 pm

Constellation Tours

Constellation Quizzes

 

ASTR 100:

 

  • Moon Tours:
    • Night Assistants will show you the Moon and other bright objects through our telescopes. 
    • If you want to know the names of craters you’re seeing, you can consider the Moon Globe app for your smartphone (choose telescope view, and set so that North is down…our refractors show the sky upside down!).
  • Dark Sky Tours:
    • Only possible on nights when Moon isn't bright (at the discretion of Night Assistants)
    • Night Assistants will show you fainter objects (e.g., galaxies, nebulae) that are hard to see when the Moon is bright.
  • Constellation quiz
    • Only possible on nights when Moon isn't bright (at the discretion of Night Assistants)
    • Night Assistants will ask you to point out and name 12 constellations and 5 bright stars.  
    • Practice with them and on your own. When you’re ready, ask for the test on that night or any subsequent observing night. You can take this quiz as many times as you like in order to pass, with the stipulation that you can take it only once on any given night.
    • If you want to learn more or practice with the help of a smartphone or iPad, we recommend the awesome apps StarWalk and Skyview. On a computer, try Stellarium. You can also borrow a Planisphere (star chart) from the Night Assistants.
 

ASTR 107:

 

Constellation Quiz:

  • Only possible on nights when Moon isn't bright (at the discretion of Night Assistants)
  • Night Assistants will ask you to point out and name 12 constellations and 5 bright stars.  
  • Practice with them and on your own. When you’re ready, ask for the test on that night or any subsequent observing night. You can take this quiz as many times as you like in order to pass, with the stipulation that you can take it only once on any given night.
  • If you want to learn more or practice with the help of a smartphone or iPad, we recommend the awesome apps StarWalk and Skyview. On a computer, try Stellarium. You can also borrow a Planisphere (star chart) from the Night Assistants.

 

Dark Sky Tours:

  • Only possible on nights when Moon isn't bright (at the discretion of Night Assistants)
  • Night Assistants will show you fainter objects (e.g., galaxies, nebulae) that are hard to see when the Moon is bright.
  • Write a one paragraph statement describing what you saw and your personal reaction to the experience.

 

 

  • Planet Observing (Fall ONLY)
    • Point 12” at Jupiter, Saturn, Mars
  • Limiting Magnitudes
    • Should be completed with a partner
    • Materials (ruler, red flashlight, clipboard, binoculars) available in lab room
  • Photo of the Moon
    • Take a photo of 1st quarter Moon with Meade+Nikon for later analysis
  • Observing Lunar Features
    • Observe the Moon with various instruments (eyes, binoculars, telescopes)
    • Make sketches of the Moon to determine the smallest discernible with each instrument
  • Observing Deep Sky Objects
    • Point 12" at a number of interesting objects