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Astronomy Course Descriptions

NAS 131 & NAS 132 represent the two semester sequence in astronomy that is taught at the Virginia Beach campus.  NAS 131 is astronomy of the planets & solar system.  NAS 132 is astronomy of the stars, galaxies & the universe.  Taking the courses in sequence is not required.  You may take NAS 132 before NAS 131.

 

                         

Telescopes

The astronomy department has several telescopes and imaging equipment.  Observation sessions are an integral part of the astronomy program.  Students are required to attend a minimum number throughout the semester.

  • 20" (0.51m) Planewave Corrected Dall - Kirkham Cassegrain Reflector
  • 150 mm (6") Takahashi TOA Refractor
  • 8" Meade LX-200
  • 12" Meade LX-200
  • 8" Celestron Ultima
  • 8" Celestron Powerstar
  • H-alpha filter for solar observing
  • Pictor 1616 CCD Imaging system w/ autoguide & color filter wheel

 

       

            

 

 

 

       

 

FULL-TIME ASTRONOMY FACULTY

 

 

David Wright

Discipline Head

 

822.7307

 

JC-20

822.7284
JC-25
822.7411
JC-19
822.7691
JC-27

 

 

 

Back Bay Amateur Astronomers Club

Owning a telescope is not a requirement to join the club.  If you are interested in astronomy and have thought about buying your own telescope, it might be a good idea to talk to several members and attend some sky watches.  You will be able to check out the different types of scopes and look through them to compare. 

 

 

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