Rob's Introductory Astronomy Lectures

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This page provides links to my Introductory Astronomy Lectures and selected publications. Some existing PowerPoint based lectures were remastered using the PowerPoint webpage generator.  With IE 6+ you will see the full animation from the presentation (at the the cost of uploading an ActiveX program).  Users of other browsers (like me) can still view the presentation as a series of slides.

But PowerPoint is so last century. Consequently I am in the process of creating a lot of new material as MPEG-4 HDTV movies using Pinnacle Studio. They will be published on this site using QuickTime. I will also be releasing the videos in High Definition via my YouTube account. During the next year I am going to be recreating many of the existing lectures and adding a lot of new material.  Adding sound tracks, ditching 800x600 for High Definition, real animation, etc will create educational material that will both be more entertaining and more turnkey for the presenter. Using YouTube will make this material available to all

New Additions

The Summer Sky

This 3 part series introduces the public to what they will observe in the sky (e.g. during an organized a star party).  I will present beginner level explanations for the commonly shown summer objects.
New 7/5/09
StarHopping 101

This series shows how to use astronomical charts to find objects
New 4/6/09

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Lectures by Subject Area


Star Hopping
Equipment
General Astronomy
Information on Observing
More Advanced Astronomy
Solar Eclipses
What's Up in the Sky
Messier Marathon

Copyright and Use Information



StarHopping 101


StarHopping  101 This 30 minute video describes how to use astronomical charts and provides animated examples of what you will see at the telescope.  New 4/6/09

 
   

Practice Locating Objects

The Starhopping 101 and Advanced Chart Reading lessons provide you the techniques of how to use charts.  Now it is time to practice.  Here is a picture of the Sagittarius area from the Advanced Class. {Click for a full size copy}.



Now use the chart of the area to locate the objects




Equipment

Beginner's Telescopes Discusses various options for a first telescope

Eyepieces Discuss the kinds of eyepieces and


How To Find Stuff
Discusses the use of filters and other observing techniques

I plan to expand this presentation in several areas.
Collimating  a Newtonian Telescope
I am posting the slides I originally presented.  This is a topic that can be better handled as a movie.

as Movie
Using an Equatorial Mount
How to set up and use a German Equatorial Mount.
 

Information on Observing


The Summer Sky
This 3 part series introduces the public to what they will observe in the sky (e.g. during an organized a star party).  I will present beginner level explanations for the commonly shown summer objects. New 7/5/09
Fall Observing Discusses what you can see during the Fall.  It presents the issues of dealing with the Fall weather in California

Winter Observing Similar to the above, but for winter.


Astronomy and the Weather

This explains some basic concepts of how weather works and some of the particulars of the California climate. It discusses how to use the weather tools available on my weather site.  This is currently being reworked to eliminate any copyright problems.

as Movie
Spring Galaxy Season Similar to a lecture I already gave. This is currently being reworked to eliminate any copyright problems.
Fall Galaxy Season A more detailed version of the Fall Observing lecture that concentrates on just Galaxies



General Astronomy


What is all that Stuff
This lecture is an introductory lecture to introduce beginner's to some common terms.  For example, what is the difference between a globular cluster and an open cluster?
How To Find Stuff Discusses various techniques to better see objects in the sky

I plan to expand this presentation in several areas.
Physics and Astronomy(beginner version)
A less complicated version of the lecture I gave in my beginner class
SJAA Papers
Cataloging Stars
Deep Sky Catalogs
Galaxy Seasons



More Advanced Astronomy


3D Universe The Universe is not flat!  Explores the 3D nature of the universal out to a billion light years or so.
Physics and Astronomy Knowing a little physics will help you understand astronomy better.  The original lecture got a tad more advanced than I would have preferred. 







 


What's Up in the Sky

This is a future section.  I will publish my Stellarium scripts plus a monthly list of objects for public viewing.  This is intended to brief the public before they look through the telescopes.


Solar Eclipses

I am an eclipse junkie.  In total I have been in the moon's shadow 7 times. Here is some information that I have generated on eclipses.  You should also consult the Mr Eclipse Website since that is the definitive source for eclipse information. If you are planning to see one of these yourself I recommend TravelQuest International.

2008 Solar Eclipse from Space
2008 Solar Eclipse - Capturing the Moon's Shadow
2009 Eclipse Track

2006 Libya Eclipse


Copyright and Use Information

My current plan is to distribute my videos both via this website and YouTube.  Quicktime from this site provides the best experience at high resolutions. YouTube will allow worldwide access that will scale to your networks capability. I will make copies of the videos available for download from my website.

Creative Commons License
Rob Hawley Educational Presentations by Robert J. Hawley are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.
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rjh 7/5/09