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Astronomy club to hold free sessions for star gazers
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Telescope Help Sessions

When: 5 p.m. Jan. 19

Where: University of North Georgia, 82 College Circle, Dahlonega

When: 5 p.m. Jan 20

Where: University of North Georgia, 3820 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood.

How much: Free

More info: telescopehelp2013@gmail.com

Hollywood isn’t the only place where you can see the stars.

This weekend, star gazers have a chance to view them right here in North Georgia by coming to the free telescope help sessions.

The North Georgia Astronomers group is hosting two free telescope help sessions detailing the how-tos of putting together your old or new telescope.

The first session will be at 5 p.m. Saturday Jan. 19 on the University of North Georgia campus in Dahlonega. At 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20 the final session will take place on the University of North Georgia Gainesville campus in Oakwood.

This year marks the 15th year the NGA has offered these free tutorial classes.

“Usually after Christmas time, people get telescopes they have trouble putting together. That’s where we come in,” said Robert Webb, president of the North Georgia Astronomers.

People are urged to register by email at telescopehelp2013@gmail.com and indicate how many people they are planning to bring.

The NGA will then email the map of where the meet-up spot will be located.

The sessions both start in a classroom and then proceed outside to a site.

“We try to do the sessions on nights when people can see a lot out there. These nights they will be able to see Jupiter,” Webb said.

For people who do not own a telescope and want to get a glance at the stars as well, the University of North Georgia’s planetarium has free live shows at 8 p.m. every Friday for viewing of the stars and planets.

For more information on the telescope help sessions or to become a member of the North Georgia Astronomers, email telescopehelp2013@gmail.com.

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