Telescopes and Mounts Course

Telescopes and Mounts Course


15:00 - 19:00


Observatório do Lago Alqueva
CM 1127, Monsaraz

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On the October 28, the Observatório do Lago Alqueva hosts the Telescopes and Mounts Course.

If you ever wanted to buy a telescope but don’t know which is a suitable one, if you already have a telescope but don’t know how to use it or if your telescope equatorial mount is already equipped with a Go-to system but you can’t make it work, then this course is for you!

Contents of the Telescopes and Mounts Course

  • Astronomy introductory notions
    • The Celestial Sphere and its diurnal and yearly apparent motion.
    • Coordinate systems – Horizontal System and Equatorial system.
  • Telescopes
    • History of the telescope and evolution of optical design.
    • Optical designs more commonly used nowadays by amateur astronomers.
  • Mounts
    • Types of Mounts.
    • How to balance the mount.
    • Mounts Home position set-up.
    • Go-To Systems.
    • Tracking, Guiding and periodic error.
  • Solar Observing
    • Technics for solar observation.
    • Telescopes specific for solar observations.
  • Telescopes filters.
  • Practical part, with assembling and disassembling of telescopes and astronomical observation.

Course Duration: 9h


  • Saturday, October 28th
    • 10:30 – 11:00 | Participants Reception
    • 11:00 – 13:00 | Solar Observation – theoretical and practical part.
    • 13:00 – 15:00 | Lunch break
    • 15:00 – 19:00 | Theoretical part of course
    • 19:00 – 21:00 | Dinner break
    • 21:00 – 00:00 | Practical part, with assembling and disassembling of telescopes.

Participants can bring their own telescopes to the practical part.

 Registration fee: 30€


Register already! Limit date for registrations – 27 de Outubro de 2017

To register, please send a email to: geral @, with the subject “Telescopes and Mounts Course”.


  • The workshop is limited to a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 10 participants.
  • Participants, after submitting their registration, will receive a confirmation via email. On that email can be found details about how to proceed to pay the registration fee.
  • Registrations made by email not paid until the October 27th and their payment proof received by OLA are not considered valid.
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