Setting up your telescope. [For beginners]


A four hour workshop, for beginners, taking place in a relaxed atmosphere, run by Joe.

Saturday 3rd March starting at 1730 [Itinerary can be found below]

Bring your own telescope.* Under Joe's tuition you will set and learn about your telescope and the night sky. Then, weather permitting, explore our fabulous dark skies.

The workshop is also relevant to any persons wishing to purchase a telescope in the near future.

Light refreshment supplied. [Please advise of any dietary requirements]

*Pre-requisite for the course.

All attendees will be asked a few questions with regards to their telescope:

  • We will need to know the make and type of telescope you wish to use.

  • When you last used it, if at all.

  • Please ensure that your telescope, to the best of your knowledge, is fully serviceable with working and spare batteries.

  • That you bring any tools and/or manuals supplied with the telescope in case minor adjustments are required.

     If you are unable to do any of the above, e-mail to inform us:

Cost: £25.00 per person. Payable in advance.

Booking essential.

£5.00 for supporters.

[Children under 16 by arrangement]

No Pets.

To book please use the booking tool on this events page.


Please note:

We will make best effort to set your telescope correctly. This will be dependent upon the telescope's serviceability. This cannot be achieved should the telescope prove to be damaged or inoperable.

The workshop will take place both indoors and outdoors. Kielders weather can be a fickle thing, please dress accordingly with clothing and footwear that is both waterproof and warm. A clear night is often a cold night.

A red filtered torch or head torch is essential and some of the viewing will require kneeling. A knee pad or 'gardening' mat may be of assistance.

Due to the nature of the event we ask that you refrain from bringing pets.



Saturday 3rd March 2018



Meet and greet.


Formal workshop starts. Gather, introduction explaining the format & expectations for the evening.

1830 - 1900

Hardware – Telescopes, mounts and tripods. An introduction to the sky tonight.

1900 - 1930

The night sky simulated using Stellarium. How you would see the sky when your telescope is correctly set up. Galaxies, Planet, Stars and other heavenly objects, their brightness, size and motions.

1930- 2000

The moon & constellations: planning your target list. [Night observing.]


Sunset: set up telescopes and go live. All telescopes will be situated outside observing.

In the event of inclement weather, the workshop will be broken down into groups with concurrent activities taking place, observing objects from under cover on the campsite. Light refreshment available throughout the event.**

2100- 2200

Observing. Managing your target list.

Inclement Weather: Free time, question & answer session, Stellarium, any other business and a quiz.


Formal end of workshop.


Feel free to stay and observe if conditions allow.


**Refreshments supplied.

Tea, coffee, hot chocolate. Bottled water.

Sweet biscuits.



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