Beginner Telescope Events

Beginner Telescope Workshops

Do you have a telescope and aren’t sure how to use it?  Have an interest in astronomy but don’t know where to begin?  Come to a free Beginner Telescope Workshop (BTW) hosted by the Wabash Valley Astronomical Society and we will help get you started.  We will cover the basics of telescopes and astronomy in a short presentation and then break into small groups to walk you through how to setup and use a telescope out under the night sky.  No experience or equipment are required, only an interest in exploring the cosmos.

Space is limited for these free classes, so those interested in attending must sign up.  See the Public Events page for the date of the next scheduled workshop.

Telescope Fairs

Are you thinking about getting an astronomical telescope for yourself or as a holiday or birthday gift?  Do you want to get one that's not a toy or junk but don't know what features to look for or avoid?  A free WVAS Telescope Fair might be the ticket to a lifetime of learning and enjoyment of our solar system and beyond.  We look at different types of telescopes, mounts, accessories, and prices.  Representative telescopes and mounts are on display and available for you to look through (weather permitting) and compare.  WVAS members are available to answer questions about the telescopes and their use.  See the Public Events page for the date of the next scheduled Telescope Fair.

NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic our in-person events have been suspended.  Instead, a video version of the Telescope Fair is available on YouTube.  This is supplemented by our Telescope Buying Recommendations document.  The video and buying document are accessible from the Telescope Selection page.

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