Course Outline – Tekapo

Friday, 10 September
2pmRegistration Opens
3pmOptional visit to Mt John ObservatoryAlan Gilmore
5pmWelcoming AddressJohn Hearnshaw
5.15pmOverview of dark sky places and astro-tourism in New ZealandNalayini Davies
6.30pmReception at Dark Sky Project
7.30pmDinner Break
8.30pmAstro Tour (Weather Permitting)Gareth Davies & Alan Gilmore
Saturday, 11 September
9amOur place in the Universe Nalayini Davies
10.30amMorning Tea
11amCoordinates and Time in AstronomyJohn Hearnshaw
2pmHow binoculars and telescopes work and how to use a telescopeJohn Drummond
3.30pmAfternoon Tea
4pmPrincipal objects to look at for astro-tourists Alan Gilmore
5pmTechniquies of astrophotography John Drummond
8.30pmAstro-tour (weather permitting) Gareth Davies & Alan Gilmore
Sunday, 12th September
9amNaming of stars and celestial objects John Hearnshaw
10.30amMorning Tea
11amThe lives of starsJohn Hearnshaw
12pmDisplay of time-lapse night-sky videos Fraser Gunn
2pmNotes for astro-tour guides Alan Gilmore
3pmAfternoon Tea
3.30pmUseful books, publications and software for night sky guides All presenters
4.40pmAAA Certificates presented to all participants
5pmClose of first AAANZ School