Our Observing Chair, Robert Conrad, is teaching an observational astronomy course every Saturday from January 6th to February 17th (except February 10th due to the long weekend). It’s offered through the continuing education department at SFU at the downtown campus and has a fee. The course starts at 10:30am and finishes at 12:30pm. It’s called “The Night Sky in your computer” and uses various simulation tools and apps to enhance your observing experience. As part of the course, you will gain access to many quick references and guides to enhance your observing experience.
The course description from SFU has more information.
What you will learn
Week 1: Setting Up and Customizing Stellarium
Week 2: Locating Deep-Sky-Object Treasures Using Stellarium
Week 3: Complementary Software to Stellarium
Week 4: Mobile Apps for Astronomy
Week 5: Starhopping and Telescope Basics
Week 6: Observation Resources and Putting Together an Observation Session Plan