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Learn how to use a telescope from start to finish with our three classes in Petersfield, Hants.


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Sun 16 Jun 2013 - Astro-imaging inc DVD £35 Mon 17 Jun 2013 - Intro Class Cancelled.


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We now run classes on Sunday's so you can start with the basics and get into astro-imaging
in just one day, starting from scratch. Our Part 2 class is now purely laptop based.


HantsAstro Classes

HantsAstro has always been at the forefront of practical astronomy.  We have a wide range of telescopes and expertise, and since 2008 we have grown to become the largest observing group in Hampshire, with over 60% of our membership are new to astronomy.  You too can benefit from a number of exciting courses that help you get more out of astronomy and your equipment.

The telescopes we use are standard and we have a broad range from 3" to 12" consisting of refractors, reflectors and Dobsonians. Due to demand we have been working on putting together a series of astronomy courses that help our members get more out of astronomy and cover all bases.

Our courses are comprehensive, informative and offer great value. If you are also looking to get into astro-imaging then we can show you how it works from webcam to DLSR to CCD, we live astronomy!

Introduction to Astronomy (aka.'Newbies Night') (2 hours) On Sundays!

In one morning we can show you how to set up your own telescope and what it's capable of doing. 
If you don't have one yet that's fine! You'll come away with an idea of which 'scope is fine for you and it will save you money by helping you decide on the best telescope/mount set up for your astronomy.

It's very hands-on too, so we cover refractors, reflectors, compound and dobsonians, and we explain the differences, strengths and weaknesses of each. You'll get to see all the accessories, including webcam, CCD and DSLR. We cover Solar and Lunar observing. We demonstrate Polar Alignment, and OTA balancing. We cover the AstroTrac and other trackers, with the pros and cons. It's an ideal prelude to our astro-iamging class, which has far more detail. We can show you how to maintain and upgrade your new gear as well as some easy-to-spot targets in the night sky.  You will also be given a resource CD of free software to help kick-start your new hobby.

Location: Petersfield Community Centre
Dates:  Sunday 2.00pm-4.00pm Sept-May, see below for dates
Cost per person : 10.00 HantsAstro member or 12.00 Non-member. 

Alternatively for only 25.00 for non-members you also get a HantsAstro Annual Multi Site Pass worth £18

Astro-Imaging Class Part 1 (3.5 hours)

Ever wanted to take pictures of the night sky, well here's your chance!
We'll introduce you hands-on to the technology and all the various telescope set-ups as well as hints and tips on how to get the most out of your imaging set-up.
We demonstrate the anatomy of a typical EQ Imaging Rig and set one up in class.
We will cover webcam, DLSR and CCD imaging and CCD guiding as well as a number of useful targets to start imaging with, both Lunar, Solar and Deep Sky and which scope and set up is best
We cover the AstroTrac, Star Adventurer and other trackers, with hands-on demonstration, pros and cons We go through exposure vs aperture and focal ratio, and the importance of Dark frames, light, bias and noise reduction. Shooting in RAW, and image capture
We cover different laptop setups, software, and dew control.

You will also be given a resource DVD of free software to help you develop your astro-imaging.

Class size is no larger than 12.

Location: Petersfield Community Centre on Sundays 4.30pm-8.00pm, for dates see table below:
Cost per person:
35.00
HantsAstro member
45.00 non-member

Alternatively for only 50.00 non-members also get a HantsAstro  Annual Multi Site Pass worth £18.

FREE REFRESHER (within 6 months) BOTH PART 1 & PART 2 CLASSES!!!

You can also book an Intro class, and run through into the Astro-imaging Part 1 or Part 2 Astro-imaging class for a crash course in one day. Part 2 is aimed purely at laptop tasks, with example images supplied for you to process. Software for image manipulation is also supplied, or you can use youre own. It is not recommended to go from Intro to Part 2 with some imaging experience. Please email us if you have any questions.

Astro-Imaging Processing Class Part 2 (4 hours)

Great! So you got some images, now what?

The dark of astrophotography is turning all the 'data' into amazing images. We will show what to do with
taking the noise of images, stacking software and post processing. Advanced amateurs and professional astronomers work with images in FITS (Flexible Image Transport Standard) format. Learn how to work with FITS, RAW, TIF and other formats using Photoshop and astronomy-specific programs like Nebulosity 4.

You will also be given a resource DVD of free images to help you develop your astro-imaging as well as some image files to practice on. Laptop preferred for this class. New for this season is a bonus DVD of RAW data taken of various Lunar/Planetary/Deep Sky targets so you can start practicing processing images in the class.

Class size is no larger than 12.

Location: Petersfield Community Centre on Sundays, for dates see table below:
Cost per person:
£35.00
HantsAstro member
£45.00 non-member


Tour of the Night Sky - Observing Evening (quarterly) dates tba
Cost £5 per person
(Children 11 years + only & must be accompanied by parent or guardian).
Come along and we will give you a unique tour of the night sky using our 10" and 16" Dobsonian telescopes as well as various other telescopes and binoculars for you to try out.


Alternatively for only £50.00 non-members also get a HantsAstro  Annual Multi Site Pass worth £18

We are finalising our timetable for 2016-17 so book early as we have had a lot of interest in these courses already. For further information and to book a course please contact Sharon at:  membership@hantsastro.org


Current 2016-17 Programme & Availability (denoted in brackets)

2016      
September No Class No Class Na
September No Class No Class Na
October Sunday 2nd 2.00pm to 4.00pm Introduction to Astronomy
October Sunday 2nd 4.30pm to 8.00pm Astrophotography pt.1
November Sunday 20th 2.00pm to 4.00pm Introduction to Astronomy
November Sunday 20th 4.30pm to 8.00pm Astrophotography pt.2
December Sunday 18th 2.00pm to 4.00pm Introduction to Astronomy
December Sunday 18th 4.30pm to 8.00pm Astrophotography pt.1
       
2017      
January Sunday tbc 2.00pm to 4.00pm Astrophotography pt.1
January Sunday tbc 4.30pm to 8.00pm Introduction to Astronomy
Febraury Sunday tbc 2.00pm to 4.00pm Astrophotography pt.2
February Sunday tbc 4.30pm to 8.00pm Introduction to Astronomy
March Sunday tbc 2.00pm to 4.00pm Astrophotography pt.1
March Sunday tbc 4.30pm to 8.00pm Introduction to Astronomy
April Sunday tbc 2.00pm to 4.00pm Astrophotography pt.2
April Sunday tbc 4.30pm to 8.00pm Alt-Az Astro-Imaging
May Sunday tbc 2.00pm to 4.00pm Astrophotography pt.1
May Monday tbc 4.30pm to 8.00pm Introduction to Astronomy
June Sunday tbc 2.00pm to 4.00pm Solar Imaging
June Monday tbc 4.30pm to 8.00pm Alt-Az Astro-Imaging
July No Class    
August No Class    
       

All events and courses are ticketed only and are limited to a maximum of 10/15 people per class. Tickets must be purchased in advance.


Please complete PDF booking form (save form to your PC desktop, complete the form and re-save with your name as filename) and e-mail to Sharon Rose at: membership@hantsastro.org

Payment via PayPal (no PayPal account needed), all major cards accepted.

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