1:30 p.m. — Observing skills 201 – workshop on finding visual objects
[Tentative description:] AHSP has organized a novel effort to help beginning observers better understand how to find specific objects in the sky with binoculars or small telescopes, and without “go to” aids. We’re calling this Observing 201, in the sense that it will include techniques for those who have at least begun to learn the sky. Observing 201 will have 2 parts. First will be a workshop on Saturday afternoon with several NOVAC observers reviewing the best techniques for finding several less-than-obvious objects. This will include considerations of your optics, the use of an atlas, and the use of finding chards. Second will be assisted viewing with your telescope on the field (location to be determined) helping you find these objects in the sky.
Observing 201 is being coordinated with the AHSP Binocular Observing Challenge, new this year. We will use some of the same targets and finding charts. You should bring your binocs and atlas to the workshop. If you have a small telescope, you should know the field of view (on the sky) of a favorite low magnification eyepiece.
Several experienced observers will assist in this project