South Downs Planetarium
Astronomy & Science Centre

How to Choose and Use Your New Telescope Course
Saturday 16th March

(25 places only)

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Looking to purchase a telescope but not sure where to begin?

Already own a telescope but not sure how to use it?


1.30pm to 4.30pm (Doors open, and set-up, at 1.00pm)

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Who is it For

In this half-day course, for people with little or no experience of observing the night sky, we will help you to choose an instrument that suits you.

When you’ve acquired your new telescope how do you set it up to enjoy the wonders of the night sky?

We’ll provide you with the answer to this question, and show you how to go about locating celestial objects. We’ll also suggest some target objects to suit your own telescope. Since this is a ‘hands on’ course, please feel free to bring your own telescope along on the day.

Using a telescope to view the night sky is a real joy. The rings of Saturn, the cloud belts of Jupiter, distant nebulae, star clusters, and even some galaxies, are all within the grasp of a small telescope, but what to buy?

Come to the Planetarium for a friendly, informative afternoon under the expert guidance of Dr John Mason, where you will find out everything you need to know about choosing and using your own telescope.

Tutor: Dr John Mason MBE

Course fee: £16 per person.

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To secure your place you will need to complete an application form: Use the button above to download and print the application form. Complete form and post back to the Planetarium, enclosing payment to the adress below.

Address for form application

The South Downs Planetarium and Science Centre
Sir Patrick Moore Building
Kingsham Farm
West Sussex
PO19 8AE

Image: Courtesy of Clive Hand

Dr John Mason MBE demontrating the use of a telescope.

Image: Courtesy of Clive Hand

Dr John Mason MBE giving explaining optics and there use.

Image: Courtesy of Clive Hand

Dr John Mason MBE.

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