Introduction to Visual Astronomy Program (Spring 2015)
 
IMPORTANT NOTE: Pre-registration is required to participate in this program.
 
The Central Valley Astronomers invite you to sign up for a place in our first ever three-part program, Introduction to Visual Astronomy. In this program, guests will learn the basics of visual observing, how to find and identify objects in the night sky, view through different telescopes, and develop the skills to be an active amateur astronomer. Our goal is to make it both educational and fun with each 90-minute session building on the skills and understanding gained in the previous meeting. Each session will have a distinctly different focus, covering a broad range of objects, well beyond what can be done in any single event.
 
Part I - Observing Basics
 
Where: Selma Layne Park (Fresno, CA) - Map & Directions
When: Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 7:45pm - 9:15pm

 
Gaining a familiarization with the night sky is an essential skill for becoming a successful recreational astronomer, and this session is meant to help guests get started the right way. You will learn the basics of observing with the unaided eye, binoculars, and a small telescope. You will find yourself amazed at what you can see with very modest equipment, once you know what to look for!
 
Part II - Observing During the Daytime
 
Where: Selma Layne Park (Fresno, CA) - Map & Directions
When: Saturday, May 2 from 9:00am - 10:30am

 
Many astronomers ignore a very bright star that can be observed almost any day of the year - our sun. This daytime event focuses on observations of the sun (and even some planets) with a variety of methods and will be held mid-morning. Solar observing is a unique specialty in astronomy that can be done from just about anywhere, at any time of the year.
 
Part III - Exploring the Dark Sky
 
Where: Eastman Lake (Madera County, CA) - Map & Directions
When: Saturday, May 9 from 8:30pm - 10:30pm

 
Guests will build on the skills and techniques introduced in the previous sessions with the goal of exploring the deep sky as visible from a dark site, away from bright city lights. Many of these challenging objects can only be seen from darker skies. Here, guests will have the opportunity to see things that are literally out of this galaxy using a variety of telescopes.
 
For further information and to reserve your place, please contact Chad Quandt (President & Program Coordinator) or Scott Davis (Webmaster & Program Assistant) by telephone so that we can get your information. Phone numbers are listed in the space to the right. Once registered, follow the Paypal link to the right to pay your tuition.
 
Those who complete the program and wish to become full-time club members may apply their tuition payment to their membership dues.
 
We hope you will join us and make this program the start of your own journey among the stars.

 
Program Attendance Pricing
The Introduction to Visual Astronomy program is not free. Funds raised go to helping the Central Valley Astronomers and their mission of Astronomy Outreach. Pricing is as follows:
 
All Three Events: $10 per person
Single Event: $5 per person

 
NOTE: Children 12 years and younger are free, but must be accompanied by a paid adult.
 
Please note that tuition refunds will be given only in the case of cancellations due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. There are no refunds for no-shows.

Program Links
Below are links to contact for information, to register for the program, and to pay for your program tuition.
 
Contact/Register (Chad Quandt):
   - Phone: (850) 377-5889

 
Contact/Register (Scott Davis):
   - Phone: (559) 392-1365

 
Tuition Payment:
   - Online (Paypal): Click Here

 

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