Night Vision: Amateur Astronomy

Special Guest

What is amateur astronomy?  What can I see in the night sky?  Can I participate without a lot of expensive equipment?  How do I get started?

This presentation will address these questions.  We’ll tour dozens of visible objects outside the solar system – star clusters, nebulae and galaxies – that you can see with small telescopes, binoculars and eyeballs.  Within the solar system, we’ll identify more objects to observe: the sun, moon, planets, and more.  We’ll show you a variety of binoculars and telescopes and note their advantages and disadvantages.  We’ll suggest how to get started, and how to avoid common beginners’ mistakes.

If you want to get started in amateur astronomy, or get more involved – especially if you have a Christmas present telescope in your closet and you’re not sure what to do with it – then you should enjoy this presentation.

Night Vision presents live on Thursday, May 12th and Saturday, May 14th, at 6:45pm in the Hansen Dome Theatre. Tickets are available online or at the Clark Planetarium ticketing desk and are just $2, or free if you’re a member.

This week’s edition of Night Vision is hosted by Clark Planetarium Board Chair, J. Thomas Beckett. Tom is an avid amateur astronomer and has something special in store for visitors to Night Vision in honor of International Astronomy Day, which falls on Saturday, May 14th, 2016.

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