"The contemplation of celestial things will make a man both speak and think more sublimely and magnificently when he descends to human affairs."
- Cicero

Horsehead and Flame Nebulae (Kirby Benson)

Telescope Basics

Observing Basics

Beginners Clinics

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Beginning Astronomy Classes

Occasionally, ASLC offers an astronomy course or a series of informal discussions geared for newer astronomy enthusiasts. The sessions meet weekly and cover many of the basics of stargazing, as well as information about our Sun, Moon, the Planets, and various Deep Sky Objects. Telescope basics are also covered. Check the ASLC calendar for dates and fees.

Course Update (2/24/17)...  No courses or clinics are currently scheduled.

New Telescope Owners Instruction

Each year (especailly around Christmas), lots of people purchase or receive telescopes. However, without a little guidance, it can be a challenge to learn to properly assemble and use your new toy. ASLC encourages individuals to bring telescopes to public outreach events such as our monthly MoonGaze or the dark sky observing sessions at Leasburg Dam SP. We'll look over your scope, and let you know how it's operating. We'll also help train you on its operation and care.

Telescope Making Clinic

Truss Tube Dobs Built by Nils and RichSeveral ASLC members have built their own telescopes ranging from 4.5" to 17.5". Making your own scope is an excellent way to begin your amateur astronomy experience. Not only will you gain intimate knowledge about the workings of telescopes, but your product will likely be worth several times the money you spent building it.

Occasionally, the club conducts a telescope making workshop under the direction of our resident telescope-making expert, Nils Allen. Participants build a 4.5" Dobsonian reflector telescope using a cardboard mailing tube, precut plywood and supplied optics. A nominal fee is charged to cover supplies. Nils also works with club members on larger telescope making projects as well as on repairs or upgrades to their scopes. Contact Nils if you are interested in the dates of the next clinic, or see the Telescope Making Workshop page for more information.

Last review 02/24/17