Millions of beginner telescopes are sold each year, but many are not used more than once or twice even though they are perfectly good working instruments. Many may need small repairs or adjustments before they can be used. When properly adjusted and maintained, even beginner telescopes can be used for many years of stargazing!
The Raleigh Astronomy Club is dedicated to promoting amateur astronomy in the Raleigh North Carolina area. Our goal is to educate the public on telescope use thus promoting satisfying and productive observing experiences. It is with this goal in mind that we are proud to sponsor free Telescope Tune-up Clinics to help individuals and families understand how to use the equipment they already own or may be considering for purchase.
Participants are encouraged to bring their telescopes to the clinic. Experienced amateur astronomers will be on hand to assist you. The clinic will consist of a presentation, a guided hands-on tutorial and finally an introductory observing session. The agenda is as follows:
- Telescope / Astronomy Basics
- Types of Telescopes
- Setting up Your Telescope (Hands-On Exercise)
- Equipment Trouble Spots for Beginners
- Planning an Observation Session
- Actual Evening Observing Session (weather permitting)
Even if you do not own a telescope yet, please come out and learn some valuable information that will help you purchase the right telescope for you.
Currently Scheduled Telescope Tune-up Clinics
We are currently in the process of scheduling clinics for:
4:15pm to 6:45pm
session afterwards, weather permitting
Prairie Ridge Ecostation
To register for one of the free Telescope Tune Up Clinics, please complete and submit the Telescope Tune Up Clinic registration form.
If you have any questions please contact us via email at