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#1 PhotonHunter1

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Posted 17 January 2021 - 07:29 PM

This may be a strange request... I am the president of our local astronomy club (130 members) and our club is interested in purchasing or licensing access to educational content that the members can use. So far myself and the officers have been unsuccessful in finding content that can be purchased/shared or content we can license. Anyone have any ideas or know of some resources?

 

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Posted 17 January 2021 - 08:58 PM

Would this be useful, the ebook is free and hard copies can be purchased.

 

https://openstax.org...books/astronomy

 

I have a copy and really enjoy it.

 

Jon


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Posted 17 January 2021 - 09:21 PM

Not quite sure what you're looking for, but perhaps you can find something from AAS Sky Publishing, affiliated with Sky and Telescope magazine.

 

https://www.shopatsky.com/

 

The constellation charts (under "classroom resources") are excellent for learning one's way around the sky. I've used them in educational workshops. 


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Posted 17 January 2021 - 10:05 PM

Not quite sure what you're looking for, but perhaps you can find something from AAS Sky Publishing, affiliated with Sky and Telescope magazine.

 

https://www.shopatsky.com/

 

The constellation charts (under "classroom resources") are excellent for learning one's way around the sky. I've used them in educational workshops. 

Thanks for sharing, these charts will be good. In addition to these types of resources I’m interested in any astro related courses or curriculum. 
Thanks again. 



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Posted 17 January 2021 - 11:04 PM

Maybe this would be worthwhile?  I haven't seen this, but these lectures tend to be well made:

 

https://www.thegreat...omy-2nd-edition



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Posted 18 January 2021 - 03:43 AM

David Butler's Youtube channel and "How Far Away Is It" website has basic astronomy education video materials. Contact him on his website to see if his videos can use used for your club.

 

https://www.youtube....ayisit/featured

 

http://howfarawayisit.com/


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Posted 18 January 2021 - 12:24 PM

Thanks for sharing, these charts will be good. In addition to these types of resources I’m interested in any astro related courses or curriculum. 
Thanks again. 

The trick is not to use the "test" charts for testing, but instead to encourage people to copy the constellation figures from the regular charts onto the test charts (a pencil is best), a few constellations at a time. It's a very effective aid to pattern recognition--for both adults and children.


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Posted 18 January 2021 - 01:38 PM

Maybe this would be worthwhile?  I haven't seen this, but these lectures tend to be well made:

 

https://www.thegreat...omy-2nd-edition

Thanks for the suggestion eye! We reached out to TGC to see if they offered any licensing agreements - all they offer are individual purchases.


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Posted 19 January 2021 - 10:06 PM

Would this be useful, the ebook is free and hard copies can be purchased.

 

https://openstax.org...books/astronomy

 

I have a copy and really enjoy it.

 

Jon

 

Jon,

I started digging into this book - absolutely fabulous!! Are you aware of any similar curriculum free or paid (access can be licensed)?



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Posted 19 January 2021 - 11:16 PM

Jon,

I started digging into this book - absolutely fabulous!! Are you aware of any similar curriculum free or paid (access can be licensed)?

At this time i know of no other, but this one does offer online web based use of the book which is handy.  I will look around

to see what else might be out there.  For reference you may have noted they have similar material for other science like

Biology and Physics.....




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