Beginners Guide to Small Telescopes

Course Summary

East Valley Astronomy Club (EVAC) is offering an introductory class targeted to persons who are considering purchasing a telescope, or who have a telescope and would like to learn how to use it.  The class covers topics such as the different types of telescopes, telescope mounts, accessories and considerations for purchasing a telescope.  It also covers basic concepts useful for amateur astronomers including what to expect from your telescope, appropriate objects for viewing, understanding the night sky, planning an observing session and techniques used for locating objects.  Classes will be held via ZOOM on Monday evenings and will be recorded.


Labs are hands-on and involve utilization of a small telescope (Bring your own, or one will be supplied).  The intent of the labs is to ensure students are comfortable with using a telescope and to teach basic techniques used to locate and view various objects.  Labs will be scheduled for Saturday evenings.  In the event of poor weather, Sunday evening will be the fallback lab day.


Course size will be limited and will be closed once limit have been reached.


Course Details

Course Schedule


Student Information

The following information will be required from each student for registration:

Contact Information

For more information feel free to email James Yoder at


Volunteers Needed as Lab Assistants

We are looking for volunteers to assist with the labs.  Volunteers will need to be comfortable with operating a small telescope, and will be assisting up to 6 students in learning how to use provided telescopes.  If you are interested, please provide the following information: