Museum of York County features special programs for star gazers of all ages with telescope aficionad

ROCK HILL, SC – Astronomy enthusiasts have a unique opportunity to expand their working knowledge of telescopes and viewing the night sky. Brought to the Museum of York County by the Allstate Foundation, three sessions are now open with limited enrollment. John Read, author of several bestselling books on using telescopes, will lead fun and focused programs as follows:

Observing with a Mid-Sized Telescope: Tips and Tricks

Feb. 23 from 7 – 9 p.m. in the MYCO Planetarium and classroom

This talk is aimed at telescope users of all ages with telescopes with apertures between four and eight inches. John A. Read, author of “50 Targets for the Mid-Sized Telescope,” will highlight the best objects visible for mid-sized telescopes in Carolina skies. If you know how to find a few objects in the night sky, but are looking to get the best out of your telescope, this talk is for you. Dessert reception to follow program.

Cost: $20 ticket per person includes one reserved copy of “50 Targets for the Mid-Sized Telescope,” program and reception. Limited to 15 tickets.

CHM Members and Skygazers: Free; program and reception only.

Non-Members: $8 adults, $7 Seniors, $5 Students; program and reception only.

Registration required; call 803.981.9182

Telescope Clinic

Feb. 24 from 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. in the MYCO Classroom

Bring your telescope (of any size) and we’ll show you how to use it! Using a telescope seems simple, but sometimes the view is a little blurry or you want to know what those extra knobs or levers do. At this telescope clinic, John A Read, author of “50 Things to See with a Small Telescope,” and members of the Carolina Skygazers amateur astronomy club will provide personalized, individual attention to help you get the most from your telescope. Open discussions on accessories or anything else to make observing more enjoyable.

John Read’s books will be available in the Museum Store for purchase.

Cost: Free with Museum Admission ($8 adults, $7 seniors, $5 children, free for CHM members)

Registration required; call 803.909.7203 or cholmberg@chmuseums.org to reserve your time slot.

Fifty Things to See with a Telescope

Feb. 24 from 6 – 8 p.m. in the MYCO planetarium and classroom

This family-friendly talk is aimed at new (or prospective) telescope users with little knowledge of the night sky. John A. Read, author of “50 Things to See with a Small Telescope” and “50 Things to See with a Small Telescope – Kids” will highlight the must-see objects visible in Carolina Skies.

If you are too intimidated to use your small telescope or are having difficulties finding interesting objects, this talk is for you. Find out why Read’s book is listed as the #1 Bestseller in Star-Gazing by Amazon.com.

Copies of Read’s book, “50 Things to See with a Small Telescope” are included with admission ticket. Extra copies of several of his books will be available for purchase and signing.

Book-signing and dessert reception to follow.

CHM Members and Carolina Skygazers: $20 per family (up to two adults and two children) includes one copy of “50 Things to See with a Small Telescope”; additional guests $5 per person for program only.

Non-Members: $30 per family (up to two adults and two children) includes one copy of “50 Things to See with a Small Telescope”; additional guests $5 per person for program only.

Limited to 15 families. Registration required; call 803.981.9182.

About John Read:

As a member of the Mount Diablo Astronomical Society in California, John

Read volunteered at hundreds of stargazing events and began teaching children of all ages how to use telescopes and find objects in the night sky. Read has simplified the beginner stargazing experience and shares this knowledge in his first book “50 Things to See with a Small Telescope.” John is now a full-time astrophysics student at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and is an active volunteer at the Burke-Gaffney Observatory and the Halifax Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.

According to John Read, “Amateur Astronomy is challenging, especially when you're learning the sky. You hop from star to star, following charts and searching for that elusive globular cluster or galaxy that you've never seen before. There is always something new to see. Whether it's a comet, asteroid or spacecraft, space is a busy place.” Read also adds that “Astronomy is social. I am a member of a local astronomy club, and even after we've packed up our scopes for the night, many of us stick around just talking about space.”

About the Museum of York County:

The Museum of York County highlights the natural history of the Carolina Piedmont and its connections to the rest of the world. The Naturalist Center, with over 2,000 natural history specimens, provides hands-on opportunities for self-guided discovery and educational programs. The Settlemyre Planetarium is one of only two full-dome digital planetarium in the Charlotte Metro area. The Museum Store has a selection of local handmade pottery, S.C. produced food products, and nature-themed gifts for children. Outside, the museum has a picnic facility, a three-quarter mile nature trail and a Monarch Waystation.

The Museum of York County is located at 4621 Mt. Gallant Road, Rock Hill, SC 29732.