by Marjie Welchframe, 2nd VP, RASC Victoria
Kalamazoo Astronomical Society, Kalamazoo, MI offered a free, five-part Introduction to Amateur Astronomy online course in February and March this year. The course was a splendid set of lectures presented by host Richard Bell. With degrees in Physics and Mathematics plus a life-passion for Astronomy, Richard was the perfect individual to share his years of knowledge and experience with the over 900 people from around the world who attended this exciting series!
What did I learn? Tons! A history of the universe, what’s up in the night sky, all about binoculars and telescopes, and an overview of astrophotography. I had had previous exposure to some information in these discourses, while other material was entirely new. The content of these lectures is dense enough to revisit over and over.
Richard Bell has given course participants permission to share his 5 lectures. I highly recommend them!
As well, Richard Bell has an upcoming paid course My Introduction to Astronomy which begins on April 6 and extends over a period of 11 wks. It’s Part 1 of the course I took with much more detail. There is a syllabus for anyone interested. One can take the exams, or not!