David Eicher, Editor of Astronomy Magazine, said: "The astronomy field needs more energetic promoters like David.”
“I found pegasus in the sky the other day. That was a great class and has really opened up the night sky.”
- Bruce A., live presentation attendee
“Simple and easy to understand... better than the manual in my Skywatcher Newtonian reflector.. Thanks.”
- Heapydood on YouTube
“Awesome video, Dave! Thanks again. I saw the SN [supernoza] tonight with my 80mm (3.1") scope, even with the full moon.”
- skyscraperjim on YouTube
Perhaps you’ve always been interested in the stars, but just didn’t have the time to learn them. Or maybe you know a few constellations, but would like to learn more. Is the sky confusing at times? Well, here’s your chance to impress your friends by knowing more about what’s up in the night sky than the average smartphone does!
The night sky isn’t that hard to learn; it just takes a little practice. And a lot of making it easier is understanding a few basic principles like the different brightnesses of stars, and how to measure distance in the sky. And you don’t need anything more than a simple star map, your outstretched hand, and your eyes to do it! Seriously - it’s easy. I’ll show you how easy.
Now, those of you in cities, you’ll need to perhaps go a a somewhat darker area. I live near Chicago, so I understand about light pollution. But out by the Adler Planetarium, I can see dimmer stars than if I’m in the Loop downtown - and that’s not far away, just a mile or two. So if you can find a spot with a bit fewer lights (believe me, the lights at Adler are NOT great!), and have an inclination to learn about the night sky - join this class! You’ll be an old pro with the stars and constellations in no time.
By the end of this quick class, you'll have a beautiful sketch of the night sky that you see and be able to identify the top constellations.
This class will be very hands-on: I'll share videos and other resources that I've produced for you, as well as hop online for virtual hangouts a couple of times to personally answer your questions. You'll be digesting the resources I share with you, as well as going outside to discover and document what you're seeing in your sky!
I have been an astronomy enthusiast for over 30 years, and built or improved over 20 telescopes of various sizes, and have owned more than 3 dozen scopes at various times throughout my life. I currently own telescopes from 50mm to 10” in diameter, and have seen or looked through literally hundreds more at astronomy outreach events and star parties.
I’ve written about how beginners can find easy-to-find objects in the night sky since 2008 for both local newspapers and publications. Presently I offer both live presentations on how to find and identify objects in the night sky, and host and produce the weekly “Eyes on the Sky” videos that help beginners and seasoned amateurs alike locate and observe planets and other celestial objects, even under light polluted conditions. Also, I’ve produced several “how to” astronomy videos like aligning and using equatorial-mounted telescopes, how to view the Sun safely, and series on Stargazing and Telescope Basics. These presentations and videos have received a lot of praise from the astronomy community!
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