Course Outline – Twizel

Friday 29 - Sunday 31 October 2021
Mackenzie Country Hotel, Twizel, NZ

Day/TimeModuleInstructor
Friday 29 October 2021
2pm
Registration opens at Mackenzie Country Hotel, Twizel
3pmOptional visit to Mt John Observatory (weather permitting) Alan Gilmore
5pmWelcoming addressJohn Hearnshaw
5.15pmOverview of dark sky places and astro-tourism in New ZealandNalayini Davies
6.30pmReception at Mackenzie Country Hotel, Twizel
7.30pmDinner Break
8.30pmAstro-Tour (weather permitting) or
The lives of the stars (if weather bad)
Gareth Davies & Alan Gilmore or John Hearnshaw
Saturday 9amOur place in the Universe Nalayini Davies
Morning Tea
11amCoordinates and time in astronomy Professor John Hearnshaw
12.30pmLunch Break
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
5pmTechniques of astro-photographyJohn Drummond
6.30pmDinner Break
8.30pmAstro-Tour (weather permitting) or
The lives of the stars (if weather bad)
Gareth Davies & Alan Gilmore or John Hearnshaw
Sunday 9amNaming of stars and celestial objects Professor John Hearnshaw
10.30amMorning Tea
11amMaori astronomy and Matariki Victoria Campbell
11.45amDisplay of time-lapse night-sky videos Fraser Gunn
12.30pmLunch Break
2pmNotes for astro-tour guides Alan Gilmore
3pmAftfernoon Tea
3.30pmUseful books, publications and software for night sky guides All Instructors
4.40pmPresentation of AAA Certificates to participants
5pmClose