Pretty easy, overall.
Well it's required for the GED, but telescopes! And viewing those stars and moons! You can take pictures! It's all hands on, you're outside every night (whenever your class is) and you work in groups. The homework is mostly writing about what you observed, it's not a difficult class. There's some neat equipment aside from the telescope, camera's you could use to look into the deep sky and planetary cameras for those fast moving planets like Jupiter.
The moon project was my absolute favorite. Mostly because the moon is so close to us we can see it much more clearly - details and all. I took a whole bunch of photos of the moon. I recommend taking it with your phone as you'll get a much clearer photo, the planetary camera doesn't do it justice. The main thing I learned had to do with being able to use the equipment, which they test you for! It's not as difficult as you'd think when you first see it but there are reasons behind the functions they do and it's quite interesting.
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Advice for students:
For the written "essay" I suggest start writing your observations as you do each project and then follow up with the results and introduction afterwards. The observation is actually what you used , the date and time and what the project was. The results is what you've gathered from the project, what you learned and what you saw. The introduction is where you state the project and define any vocabulary your readers won't know - and by reader I don't mean the professor, you're writing like it's for someone out of the class. It's pretty simple once you get the hang of it, and you only really need to do 3 out of 12 in order to pass, you have plenty of tries! The ones you don't do well on go into the extra credit area, but make sure to do well on 3.