The Sutherland Astronomical Society Practical Astronomy Course (or SASPAC) is held annually at the Green Point Observatory and runs on Wednesday evenings for 9 weekly sessions. Recommended for adults, teens and gifted sub-teens who wish to expand their knowledge of the cosmos.
The material covered in this course will engage both beginner and experienced astronomer alike, and no prior knowledge of astronomy is required.
2018 course will commence on Wednesday 1 August
Lecture dates this year will be 1 August, 8 August, 15 August, 22 August, 29 August, 5 September, 12 September, 19 September, 26 September.
Each session starts at 7:30pm and continues for approximately 2 hours (registration on Week 1 begins 30 minutes earlier at 7pm).
Each course will cover the following program (subject to minor changes):
- Introduction to Practical Astronomy
- Telescopes and Optics
- The Inner Solar System
- The Outer Solar System
- Lifecycle of Stars
- Constellations, Catalogues and Atlases
- Deep Sky Observing
- Introduction to Cosmology
- Where To From Here?
Participants are also invited to attend a number of SASI dark sky observing sessions during the course.