Charles Latrobe College and Quantum Victoria

The group at Charles Latrobe College meet every second week at the Quantum Victoria facilities and the Year 11 Physics class are working hard to get their telescope licences this year. We are always joined by Soula Bennett, Director of Quantum Victoria, and it is always great to catch up with Soula, find out what amazing programs the Quantum team have going at the moment and share the Astronomy excitement with her.

A regular group of students, teachers and extras also join in on these nights which often involve a Sci-Fi movie or documentary after school and some dinner, followed by some observing when the skies are clear or doing some activities when they are not.

Students at Charles Latrobe looking at Saturn

Students at Charles Latrobe looking at Saturn

Last week, four of the guys from the Physics class finally put all the theory into practice and aligned the telescope. Given the pretty miserable conditions (high cloud cover over the majority of the sky) they did an awesome job and we spent some time looking at both Saturn and Mars as well as the binary Alpha Centauri system.

 

This photo of Saturn was taken at Charles LaTrobe College’s year 11 physics class astronomy night on the 21/8/14. This photo was captured by pointing a camera into the eyepiece¬†and positioning it perfectly so Saturn was in the shot, this was difficult to say the least.

Image of Saturn taken by iPhone through the telescope. Credit: Zak Matthews-Wood

Image of Saturn taken by iPhone through the telescope. Credit: Zak Matthews-Wood

 

Zak Matthews-Wood

You are absolutely right Zak, it is not easy to take these shots. Next time the group is keen to attach the DSLR and see what they get.

When we had to call it a night due to the increasing cloud cover, we headed inside to ponder just how big, faraway and old things in the Universe are…

Warming up after a cold evening pondering the big questions.

Warming up after a cold evening pondering the big questions.