The State Museum is offering a new series of workshops November 18; January 20 and February 24 from 5 pm until 8 pm The workshops are designed for anyone looking to buy a telescope or those that already have one and might need assistance learning how to use it. Each workshop will be led by museum astronomers in the Boeing Observatory classroom.


Night Sky and Telescope Viewing 101, January 20 and February 24

This workshop is designed for anyone that might have just purchased a telescope and are looking to learn more on how best to use it. Museum astronomers will show guests the basics of telescope observing and how to assemble their own star wheels to help them navigate the night sky with ease. Guests can bring in their own telescopes to practice viewing with help from State Museum astronomy educators. In the event of inclement weather, guests will experience the basics of telescope observing in an indoor format. Each ticket includes a night-vision friendly red flashlight to take home. Note: The same workshop will be presented on both dates.

“If you’re looking at purchasing a telescope for a present this holiday season, you’ll definitely want to attend these workshops,” said Matthew Whitehouse, State Museum observatory manager. “This is the perfect opportunity for families to get professional advice and hands-on experience on purchasing the perfect telescope and how to use it.”

Children must be accompanied by an adult for each workshop, but parents and chaperones do not need to purchase tickets to the workshop if they are not receiving a take-home item. Tickets for each workshop are $20 for general public, $15 for museum members and $5 for Astrokids members. Workshop space is limited. Tickets can be purchased online at