The following astronomy courses are confirmed for 2017/18 (more may be added later):
Astronomy for for Beginners: A short beginners course, with a strong emphasis on observing the night sky. This course, which runs on the same evening (7pm to 9pm) for four consecutive weeks, is run in a very small group so there is plenty of opportunity to tap into Steve's expertise and get personal attention. It is run on behalf of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust and held at Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve.
The next course will start on 1st November, 2017. Click here to find out more and to reserve a place. (Opens in a new tab)
Owing to to demand, this course will run again, beginning 20th February, 2018. Click here to find out more and to reserve a place. (Opens in a new tab)
Astronomy Workshop: A intensive one-day course (afternoon and evening) at the Dorset Wildlife Trust's Kingcombe Study Centre in Dorset. This course will be run in a small group so there will be plenty of opportunity to tap into Steve's expertise and get individual attention. We expect it to fill up very quickly, so early booking is recommended.
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The next course will run on 16th March, 2018
Start Stargazing: A short course for absolute beginners who want in introduction to the night sky and how to observe it. The next course will start on 17th January, 2018. Click here to find out more. (Opens in a new tab)
About the course leader
Stephen (Steve) Tonkin has been an amateur astronomer since childhood and now spends most of his time doing astronomical outreach; he leads public observing sessions at BBC Stargazing Live events. He has taught astronomy to adults and children for over 30 years and has authored many articles and several books on practical aspects of astronomy. He writes equipment reviews and a monthly Binocular Tour for BBC Sky at Night magazine. Steve is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, a past-chairman of the Wessex Astronomical Society and a founder member of Fordingbridge Astronomers.