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    Default Beginner Astronomy Class- Friday, August 6th



    Our next beginner Astronomy class will be held this Friday evening, August 6th, at 7:30pm.

    Where: Richland College, Dallas, TX

    Park in LOT E- the Yegua Building is next to the parking lot. A star party follows the 1 hour class weather permitting.

    This month's subjects are Right Ascension & Declination, setting circles, and Telrad charts. Classroom 101 in the Yegua Building. The class is free and requires NO registration.

    See our Astronomy club calendar link at the top of the main web site page here:

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    The August 2010 Class video is located on this web site:

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    Assuming that you have a good dominion of High School level math and physics, I would recommend you Universe, by Roger Freedman and William J. Kaufmann. It's a good basic astronomy book that covers all areas (from solar system through stars and galaxies, to cosmology), and is frequently used as textbook during 1st year of astronomy college studies. Also, it will let you confirm if you are really into it. It's only problem is the price (it costs around $100) but if you choose astronomy or astrophysics for college, the book won't be a throwaway expenditure.
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    Hughride, we try to stay away from math and physics. The "students" are all beginner astronomers who know very little about the universe and the amateur Astronomy hobby.

    So we stick with just practical knowledge that is NOT being taught in the schools anymore. The videos of the class show what our teaching goals happen to be. They are pinned to the TOP of the the beginners forum.

    Here is the direct link to the class videos:
    Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas on Vimeo

    Another plus for us is that our sponsor at the college is Heather Appleby, an Astronomy professor at Richland College, who attends every class. Additionally the club is blessed with several Master observers (Astronomical League) that always attend and help out. These folks have received over 10 separate observing awards from the Astronomical League, and are designated Master Observers.

    Our main goal is to try to get younger people involved with the hobby and to make the hobby "accessible" to the general public, so we regularly make fun of old geezer astronomers!

    Next month we will cover the Planets in the solar system, so stay tuned we will post up the video in the next few weeks. This month (August) is RA & DEC.


    Of course the class is free, and requires no registration. Our club's new members originally suggested the class.
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