Beginner Telescope Workshop at Ryan Observatory

  • May 11 - June 8, 2024
  • Ryan Observatory at Muddy Run

    172 Bethesda Church Road West
    Holtwood, Pennsylvania 17532
Ticket Price Free Join the waitlist


Join us for a practical workshop on observing the night sky with a telescope! This hands-on session is perfect for beginners and those looking to refresh their skills.


To participate, you will need to bring your own telescope. You're welcome to observe if you don't have a telescope, but please be aware that this is designed to be an interactive workshop.


This session is focused on visual observing with an eyepiece; please reach out to us or watch for other events for topics on cameras/astrophotography.


This event is rain or shine. If it is raining, we will meet in the Muddy Run Visitor Center.


What to Expect

Telescope Basics: Review telescope parts and learn how to set up the tripod/base and mount the telescope.

Optics Overview: Understand aperture, focal length, and eyepieces and their impact on observation.

Telescope Operation: Practice scope movement, adjusting and achieving focus, and changing magnification.

Finder Scope/Sight: Learn to align and use these tools for targeting celestial objects.

Navigating the Night Sky: Get introduced to star maps and apps, and review the basics of the night sky.

Star Hopping & Target Tracking: Learn star-hopping techniques to assist in finding deep sky objects.

Seasonal Night Sky Targets Worksheet: Receive a worksheet with seasonal night sky targets for observation with detailed instructions to help you find them.



Pay what you want! At the end of the workshop, you will have the opportunity to make a donation in whatever amount you feel comfortable with.


Rittenhouse Astronomical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your tax-deductible donation supports our mission to provide astronomical science education and programming.


Contacts and Info

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Date & Time

May 11 - Jun 8, 2024

Venue Details

Ryan Observatory at Muddy Run

172 Bethesda Church Road West
Holtwood, Pennsylvania 17532 Ryan Observatory at Muddy Run
Rittenhouse Astronomical Society

Founded in 1888, the Rittenhouse Astronomical Society is one of the oldest astronomical groups in the United States. 

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides astronomical science education and programming.

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