Nature Center Talk: How To Use And Buy Telescopes

Akkana Peck with her favorite telescope. Courtesy/PEEC 

PEEC News:

Thinking about buying a telescope this holiday season? Wanting to learn more about telescopes? At 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, Akkana Peck and David North will discuss telescopes: the different types, what each type is good for, how to select a telescope, and how to use one to observe the moon, planets, and faint deep sky objects.

This is a free presentation and stargazing event at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

Weather permitting; participants will be able to turn theory into practice after the talk, when Akkana and Dave will set up telescopes outside the nature center. It’s November; be sure to bring a warm coat for the observation session.

Dave North with his favorite telescope. Courtesy/PEEC

Peck and North are both longtime amateur astronomers and telescope makers, alumni of the San Jose Astronomical Association (North is a past president, Peck was a board member and monthly columnist). They met on top of Fremont Peak on a cloudy night when they were forced to look at each other instead of through their telescopes.

This free event will take place at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road. No registration is required. For more information about this and other Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) programs, visit, email or call 505.662.0460.

PEEC was founded in 2000 to serve the community of Los Alamos. It offers people of all ages a way to enrich their lives by strengthening their connections to our canyons, mesas, mountains, and skies. PEEC operates the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road, holds regular programs and events, and hosts a number of interest groups from birding to hiking to butterfly watching. PEEC activities are open to everyone; however, members receive exclusive benefits such as discounts on programs and merchandise. Annual memberships start at $35. To learn more, visit