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Jed Hirst

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  1. I remember when I was very young, only 9 or 10 years old, looking up at the night sky with my dad's binoculars and being absolutely fascinated. It's something that has always stayed with me.
  2. Hi Rosanella Re: What is S282 like? This is the first Astronomy course I've done so I can't really compare it to others, but I think it's pretty good. It's not too specialized, quite broad & touches on all the major areas of Astronomy/Cosmology. I haven't found the Maths too much of a problem yet, although having more background knowledge of Physics would have helped. It's supposed to take 8 hours study time a week but you could spend a lot more than that on it if you really wanted to get the most out of it. The textbooks which come with the course materials are excellent. It's certainly encouraged me to try some further study. Hope that's helpful. Jed.
  3. Hi Olly thanks for your reply. That's very helpful. Jed.
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    Hi BAZ Senior & thanks for your advice. I'll definitely keep my eye on the for sale section. Best wishes Jed
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    Hi, I'm Jed and I've been interested in Astronomy and Cosmology for many years. I've recently started to do some formal study wth the Open University - S282 Astronomy. At first thought the Maths and Physics might be too tough for me as I don't have much formal training in these areas, but it's not too bad once you get into it. I'm really enjoying the course now. I was attracted to Stargazers Lounge by a recent post from Rosanella who was asking if anybody has any experience of studying with the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN), who offer an Astronomy degree on distance-learning basis. I'm also considering UCLAN, so does anybody know anything about them? Finally, (sorry to bug you with questions right at the beginning!) can anybody recommend a good place to get a cheap, beginner's telescope, maybe even second-hand one? Thanks, and looking forward to chatting with you all, Jed
  6. Hi Rosanella I'm afraid I can't answer your question because I'm in a similar position to you. I'm currently studying S282 Astronomy with the Open University and I'm thinking of signing up for an UCLAN distance learning module, possibly the introductory Cosmology one. I'd really like to hear from anybody who's studied with UCLAN on a distance learning basis, and get some independent feedback. So, if there's anybody out there who's studied with UCLAN, please tell us! Jed
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