Rock Valley College
Rockford, Illinois

Farm & Nature

Farm & Nature

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How To Use a TelescopeTelescope
(Adult) This course is designed for beginning amateur astronomers, who wish to learn not only how to choose a telescope, but to also use it to locate various objects in the sky, form the moon and planets, to deep sky objects and distant galaxies. Unfortunately, many have found it difficult to use their telescope, and subsequently banished it to a basement or garage. This is an opportunity to dust off that old telescope (or assist you with your new one), and learn how to easily locate those objects you have always wanted to see. This is a “hands on” course, where you will learn basic concepts in the classroom, and then put those concepts to use outdoors, underneath the stars. Bringing your own telescope is encouraged.
ENV 800 RV4        Walter Trentadue                $54
2/13-3/6              Th 7:00-9:00 pm       4 Sessions
RVC Jacob Ctr for Science & Math         Room 2102

Seasonal Constellations & Stars
(Adult) Attention experienced and amateur astronomers! Cassiopeia, Draco, Ursa Major – these bright North Polar constellations can be seen with the unaided eye in clear night skies. Depending upon the season, they are joined by other constellations such as Pegasus, Auriga, Orion, Bootes and asterisms such as the Summer Triangle and Winter Hexagon. Go back to ancient days to explore the mystery and mythology that surrounds these celestial figures created by bright stars and the imaginations of people long ago. Designed for students who have not taken astronomy before, or those wanting a better understanding of the constellations. INCLUDES classroom time and outside observation (weather permitting) on the RVC grounds. BRING: own telescope (optional); use of telescopes provided. Dress appropriately for weather.
ENV 800 RV3        Walter Trentadue               $54
3/18-4/8              T 7:00-9:00 pm        4 Sessions
RVC Jacob Ctr for Science & Math        Room 0203

Exploring the Moon
(Adult) This course is recommended for amateur astronomers who have taken the “How To Use a Telescope” class, or already have some proficiency using astronomical telescopes. In this course, we will familiarize ourselves with our closest neighbor in space. We will learn about the different lunar phases, lunar and solar eclipses, as well as various surface features on the moon, including the famous “seas and oceans”. We will also locate and explore surface features and detail on the moon using telescopes, including craters, mountain ranges, rilles, and valleys.
ENV 800 RV         Walter Trentadue                $54
3/20-4/10           Th 7:00-9:00pm        4 Sessions
RVC Jacob Ctr for Science & Math        Room 2102

Deep Sky Observing
(Adult) This course is recommended for amateur astronomers who have taken the “How To Use a Telescope” class, or already have some proficiency using astronomical telescopes. In this course, we will explore the depths of space as we learn to find many popular deep sky objects, such as the Andromeda Galaxy, the Spaceman Cluster, the Seven Sisters, and more! This course will also help you to become more proficient reading star charts and atlases, as well as locating hard to find objects in the heavens on your own.
ENV 800 RV2       Walter Trentadue              $54
2/11-3/4             T 7:00-9:00pm        4 Sessions
RVC Jacob Ctr for Science & Math       Room 1106

Horse Management for First Time Owners
Horses
(Adult) Thinking about leasing or buying a horse for the first time? Gain the knowledge and resources to turn your investment into a fun,safe,and affordable venture. Topics include:selecting a horse, feeding, housing, basic veterinary care, riding, showing and selling. No prior horse knowledge required; ample time for equestrian questions to be answered!.
ANI 809 RV   Amira Al-Basha             $39
2/15-3/8       Sa 2:00-3:00pm   4 Sessions
RVC Physical Education Ctr        Room 117