3 depending on the time of the year do any of the

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3. Depending on the time of the year, do any of the following: a. Locate, observe, sketch and describe the Andromeda galaxy, also known as M31. This will require a semi-dark sky (away from porch lights, street lights, store lights, etc). You’ll need to download some type of star map or use an IPad app to help you locate it in the sky. Here’s a re good ones: or “GoSkyWatch P b. Locate and observe the colorful double-star Albireo. Sketch and describe. c. Locate and observe the “Double Cluster” in Perseus. Sketch and describe. 4. If you’re really up for a challenge with this small telescope and had some success with the above activities, you can try to find some of the brighter “Messier objects” such as M13, M8, M6, M7, or any others. Light pollution will limit how much you can see, thus you may need to find a darker location on a moon-less night (the local desert and mountains during a new moon are ideal). You may need to do some
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12 research on how to find and observe any of these 110 objects. For example look at: or open the IPad apps: “Messier List” and “GoSkyWatch P To identify and locate the M object you wish to find and observe. 5. You may do any of the above activities using bigger better telescopes if you have access to one.
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13 Section III Ipad Astronomy Activity (Ipad alone) Note: We will be using several of the IPad astronomy apps for the astronomy activities. You may want to play with these apps during the daytime to familiarize yourself with the functions of the IPad and the operation of the apps prior to taking the Ipad outside for nighttime viewing. 1. Turn on the Ipad, unlock it (slide switch) and locate the astronomy apps folders (there may be more than one). 2. Open the astronomy app, “GoSkyWatchP”. This application is a planetarium program that displays the night sky. However, it utilizes the GPS and orientation system in the IPad to give you a correct view of what you are looking at when you point the IPad in a particular direction. It is extremely powerful in that it has many databases of information and can be used for reference and determining what you are looking at or looking for. The opening screen may start with a reduced view of the sky, however If this occurs you can zoom in to get a better view:
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14 ZOOM IN > Note: The motion controls are active when you run the app and so if you move the IPad around your screen will change. Tapping the screen twice rapidly will toggle the motion control on and off. A small circle and cross hair stays at the center of the screen. If you place an object in this circle, information will appear about the object. Constellations at the center of the screen are also displayed graphically. 3. After you zoom in, try pointing the IPad at a particular point in the sky.
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  • Spring '13
  • brock
  • Telescope, Amateur astronomy

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