The following astronomy courses are confirmed for 2019/20 (more will be added later):
If you would like to be informed when the future courses are confirmed, please click here
Astronomy for Absolute Beginners: A short beginners course, with a strong emphasis on observing the night sky. This course, which runs on the same evening (6:30pm to 8:30pm) for four consecutive weeks, is limited to a small group so there will be 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 begin on 15th January, 2020. Click here to find out more and to reserve a place. (Opens in a new tab)
Start Stargazing: A short course for absolute beginners who want in introduction to the night sky and how to observe it. It is run in conjunction with Moors Valley Country Park, where it runs on the same evening (7pm to 9pm) for four consecutive weeks.
The next course will start on 9th January, 2020. 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 under the superbly dark skies of West 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.
The next workshops will be on 20th March and 6th November, 2020
Click here to reserve a place. (Opens in a new tab).
NB These workshops tend to fill up months in advance, so early booking is advised!
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.