Adult Learning Courses Starting in November.

In November two adult learning courses are starting with Royal Astronomical Society Fellow Mike Perkins. In the setting of the Malcolm Parry Observatory at the Long Eaton School courses are aimed at all abilities. No prior subject knowledge is required but an interest in the night sky would be an advantage.

An Introduction to Astronomy.

A ten session course starting 1st November exploring the Cosmos.

The course will start with an introduction to terms before starting at the very beginning of the Universe. Taking in the history of Astronomy as well as explaining many of the processes at work we look at some of the key discoveries along the way. You will learn what we can find out about stars by looking at them, how Galaxies are formed, how stars are born and die through to how to build a planet and more.

If the weather is favourable there will be hands on observing using one of the many telescopes available at the school in our purpose built observatory.

Course fee £40 total.


Practical Astronomy. Limited places left!

Starting 8th November, A six session course looking at how to observe the night sky.

In this course you will learn about the different types of binoculars and telescopes. Which equipment is most suited for different circumstances. How to get the best out of your equipment and maintain it. How to navigate around the night sky using constellations and much more. The structure of this course will be very flexible as the emphasis will be on hands-on astronomy if the weather allows.

Course fee £24 total.

In both courses there will be some reference to mathematics but no complicated maths will be required to enjoy either course. It is intended as an interest course and as such yields no qualification, however a certificate of attendance / completion will be awarded on completion of the sessions.

The course fees will cover all materials required (attendees should bring pen, pencil and paper for notes). All profits will go towards the upkeep of the observatory. Sessions will run alternate Wednesday evenings 7:30pm – 9:30pm. Booking essential, course fee payable on the first evening of your course.

Due to the time of year and nature of the courses you are advised to come appropriately dress in case of cold weather as some of the course is likely to be outside.

For more information, syllabus or to book your place, please contact


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An astronomical observatory at The Long Eaton School, scheduled to open in early 2012
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