Afternoon Astronomy Course in Mahone Bay | Oct 2–Nov 14 PDF Print E-mail

Afternoon Course: A Practical Guide to Observing the Night Sky


Photo: Tony Schellinck,  NGC 253, the Silver Dollar Galaxy


This is one of many courses offered to seniors (50 years and older) by the Seniors College Association of Nova Scotia. Go to

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Location: Mahone Bay Centre, 45 School Street, Mahone Bay


Dates and Time:

Tuesdays, 2:00–4:00 pm

October 10–November 14 (6 weeks)


After completing this course the participant should have a greater appreciation of and knowledge about what objects there are to see in the night sky and how to find and observe them. Topics covered include: how to find your way around the summer, fall, winter and spring night skies; how to observe the moon and planets; and what galaxies, globular clusters, open clusters, planetary nebula, diffuse nebula, double stars and interesting asterisms can be found. We will also cover how to view these objects using dark adapted eyes and averted vision, and practice observing using a variety of instruments from binoculars to telescopes. We will also explore topics of interest to participants. If the weather cooperates we will have a couple of nights when we will put into practice what we learned in class.Students are encouraged to bring a pair of binoculars to each class in order to practice observing with them in class. As well, our first field trip is scheduled for the evening of October 10 starting at about 7:00 - 7:30 in a dark field on Second Peninsula near Mahone Bay. Details will be discussed in class.

Your Instructor: Tony Schellinck

Tony has always had an interest in astronomy; but it wasn’t until age 55 that he became active as an amateur astronomer. A former Dalhousie professor, he knows that the best way to learn a topic is to teach it. He therefore participates in public viewing sessions around Nova Scotia, has become a regular presenter at the Halifax Planetarium, and has given lectures at parks and libraries around the province. His most recent innovation is his flat screen planetarium show held at the Astor Theatre in Liverpool and the Osprey Arts Centre in Shelburne where he shows people how to observe the night sky using binoculars.