The Kingcombe Centre - Dorset Wildlife Trust
Toller Porcorum, Dorchester, DT2 0EQ
Would you like to learn about the night sky, recognising constellations, understanding the solar system and deep space? This one day workshop for beginners will help you to learn more about the amazing night sky as well as how to use the equipment needed to see what is not visible with the naked eye.
Using presentations, astronomical models and demonstration you will learn basic effective astronomical observation and observing techniques, object recognition, effective choice and use of observing equipment and observing aids.This will be followed by an observation session to put what you have learnt into practise. If the sky is cloudy you will have the opportunity for discussion sessions on extra-terrestrial intelligence, the size and age of the Universe, the danger of asteroid/comet Impacts on Earth, or a subject chosen by the course participants.
This course is run in a small group so there is plenty of opportunity to tap into Stephen’s expertise and you will receive lots of guidance throughout the course. This is an ideal course for beginners to learn about what is in the night sky and how to observe it.
The course is led by Stephen Tonkin, a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and an amateur astronomer since his childhood. He now spends most of his time doing astronomical outreach and is in demand as a speaker to astronomical societies throughout Britain. He has taught astronomy to adults and children for over 30 years and has authored many articles and several books on practical aspects of astronomy. Stephen is a STEM ambassador with a special brief for astronomy and has a monthly column in BBC Sky at Night magazine, for which he also writes equipment and book reviews.
Early prior booking for this extremely popular workshop is advised and includes afternoon tea, a light supper and all tuition and activities.
Please note that this event has already taken place on 20/03/2020
The below chart shows if and when the skies will be at their darkest during this event. Moonlight is shown in light yellow and the Sun's twilight in light blue. Midnight on the date shown is shown as a white line with sunset to the left and sunrise the next morning to the right. A black background with stars shows the best times for stargazing.
Fri 20th Mar
Local light pollution
The above demonstrates the estimated effect of light pollution - graphics created using Stellarium.