7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Join Steve Tonkin on Zoom for his special introduction to Deep Sky observing as part of StarFest 2022
The Moon and bright planets are obvious to the unaided eye and thus are common first targets for new stargazers, but the Deep Sky offers a wealth of celestial treasures, many of which are within reach of simple observing kit.
Using only hand-held binoculars, we can see regions of the sky where stars are born, where newly-formed stars are clustered, and the remnants of their existence once they have died. We can see stars of different colours and stars that vary in brightness. We can even see distant galaxies — but as they were more than two million years ago when the light we see began it’s journey.
This session has been created after feedback from our Dark Skies Festival in 2021 where many attendees requested a ‘Deep Sky’ special, so we’re pleased we’re able to add this to this year’s timetable.
Steve Tonkin FRAS Steve is the Dark Skies Advisor to the AONB, and is an astronomy educator, STEM ambassador, and author. He is frequently interviewed about astronomical matters on local radio, and is in demand as a speaker at astronomical societies and festivals.
StarFest 2022 – Full Timetable
Mon 21/02/2022 - Sat 26/02/2022
Introduction to Stargazing with Steve Tonkin
Constellation sketching and milky way model-making for kids
Introduction to Astrophotography with DSLRs and Telescopes
Dark Sky Rangers for Kids – STARFEST 2022
The Right Light at Night with Steve Tonkin – online talk