OSHR 1530 - Exploring Our Universe Through Telescopes

  • Noncredit
  • Fort Collins

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

Over 400 years ago, our understanding of the universe changed drastically with the invention of the telescope. Within the past 50 years, the availability of telescopes has made it feasible for individuals to explore the night sky from the comfort of their own backyard.

During the first week of this course, we will explore the history of the telescope, types of telescopes and mounts, and objects that can be seen with a modest personal telescope.

The second week of this course will consist of a field trip to the Little Thompson Observatory. Participates are encouraged to bring their own telescope to receive assistance in setup, use, and maintenance of equipment. Students without personal telescopes will be given a guided tour of the night sky using the observatory facilities.
The fieldtrip is scheduled from 8 - 10 pm on Tuesday August 14.

For any questions on the content of this course, please contact the instructor at Robert.Arn@colostate.edu.

Car pooling is recommended for the fieldtrip to the observatory.

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.