7/19-7/24: Observational Astronomy (Bassetts, Sierra County, CA)
35400 Hwy 49 near Gold Lake Hwy
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Practical Observational Astronomy is a field-based laboratory course that provides an opportunity for students to understand our place in the universe. Using the naked eye, binoculars, and large telescopes, we will explore celestial objects including constellations, the solar system, the stars, the Milky Way, and other galaxies. Set within a beautiful national forest in the mountains far from bright city lights, San Francisco State University’s Field Campus area has the dark sky ideal for observing deep-sky objects and meteors. Do you own a telescope but have never used it successfully? Throughout the course we will teach hands-on use of telescopes and their accessories. You will also learn how to use star charts and atlases to locate faint celestial objects.
San Francisco State University’s Sierra Nevada Field Campus is a place where you are immersed in one of the most beautiful and wild regions of the northern Sierra Nevada. It has been called a nature camp for adults. Here professionals working in environmental fields can upgrade their knowledge, and people from all walks of life can come together, energized by the easy camaraderie and humbled by nature’s magnificence.
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