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How to Use Your Telescope

Mr. Ferko - Astronomy & Astrophotography
Rising Star
Average rating:4.8Number of reviews:(27)
In this 4 week class, I will teach students how to properly use their telescope to observe objects in the night sky.

Class experience

US Grade 8 - 11
This class is taught in English.
Students will learn how to properly use their telescope, how to plan for observing sessions, the basics of recording their observations, and how to troubleshoot issues that may arise. 
I have a bachelor of science degree in astronomy & astrophysics from Penn State University with 3 years of experience as a planetarium presenter where I taught primarily high school groups in my live presentations. I also taught telescope operation for all types of telescopes. I am a scientific content partner with the Africa Space Institute where I create and present online classes for high school students in Africa. I have also been an astronomy tutor for high school students since 2019. 
Homework Offered
Students are expected to go outside and observe at least ONE time during the period of this 4 week course (whenever the weather permits it). They will be expected to go outside at night, record their observation(s) (on a provided worksheet), and write down any problems they might have encountered to share during the next class for troubleshooting.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Students will receive a passing grade if they can successfully use their telescope and record at least one observation on the provided worksheet.
Grades Offered
- telescope (the learner must have access to a telescope. I will NOT be able to provide them with one for this class)
- access to the night sky for at least one clear night 
- a pencil/pen for recording their observation(s) on the provided worksheet
- a flashlight (preferably red)
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Students will be expected to go outside at night to use their telescope at least once. 
Rising Star
Average rating:4.8Number of reviews:(27)
I teach astronomy and astrophysics classes. 

Potential future classes may include: Observational Astronomy: Deep-Sky Objects, the solar system, understanding orders of magnitude, spectroscopy, astronomy & astrophysics 101, astrobiology 101,... 
Group Class


for 4 classes
1x per week, 4 weeks
25 min

Completed by 17 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 13-18
1-6 learners per class

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