The Astronomical Unit


Scouts, Guides, Woodcraft Folk, etc.

I offer astronomical observing sessions, illustrated talks, and activities to support the aims of your organisation with respect to astronomy. If you want an astronomical talk or activity that is not listed, or have any other queries, please to email me using your default email client.

Sessions typically last for about an hour. If it is a talk, this will include about 15 minutes for questions/discussion. These timings can be varied if you so wish.

Observing Sessions

Guided observation of the night sky with telescopes and binoculars. I will teach the young people the basics of navigating around the sky by identifying star patterns (including finding north) and star-hopping to find some deep sky objects (galaxies, star clusters, nebulae, etc.).

If the weather is unsuitable for observing, the fallback will be either a slide-show or some indoor astronomical activities.

Astronomy Activity Badge for Cubs and Scouts

I offer illustrated talks, activities and photocopiable resources specifically geared to the requirements Astronomer Activity Badges for Cubs and for Scouts.

Indoor Activities

These may include Moon phases, eclipses, constellation recognition, modelling the solar system, telescopes and binoculars.

Slide Show

Comet Hale-Bopp

We journey from the Sun, through the Solar System, into Deep Space, encountering clusters, galaxies, and the birth and death of stars.


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Observing Session
Astronomy Activity Badge (Cubs)
Astronomy Activity Badge (Scouts)
Indoor Activities
Slide Show
Other agreed session

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