Course Outline

Day/TimeModuleInstructor
FridayIntroduction and WelcomeProfessor John Hearnshaw
Overview of dark sky places and astro-tourism in New ZealandNalayini Davies
Guided visit to Mt John Observatory (weather permitting) Professor John Hearnshaw and Alan Gilmore
Astro-tour stargazing - practical training (weather permitting) Gareth Davies & Alan Gilmore
SaturdayCoordinates and time in astronomy Professor John Hearnshaw
Our place in the Universe Nalayini Davies
Principal objects to look at for astro-tourists Alan Gilmore
How binoculars and telescopes work and how to use a telescopeJohn Drummond
Deep field astro-photography John Drummond
Astro-tour stargazing - practical training (weather permitting) Gareth Davies & Alan Gilmore
SundayNaming of stars and celestial objects Professor John Hearnshaw
Wide field astro-photography and time-lapse videos Fraser Gunn
Notes for astro-tour guides Alan Gilmore
Useful books, publications and software for night sky guides Professor John Hearnshaw & Nalayini Davies