Classroom Observatory

Dates: October 5 - November 21, 2021

Location: Online Asynchronous

Registration Fee: $0.00

There are 2 openings remaining at this time.

Classroom Observatory is a non-credit, online course for teachers who want to have their students implement classroom projects utilizing a robotic observatory. This course will focus on how to use the facility with an emphasis on how images taken at the observatory can be turned into student projects. These activities are suitable for any level of student, and range from simple astrophotography to advanced research using photometry. Teachers should be familiar with basic computer skills. Upon successful completion of the course teachers will be setup with an account for their students at the observatory, and earn 30 hours of Montana Office of Public Instruction Renewal Units.

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Fee:   $0.00

Online Asynchronous

This online class will take place during the specified dates. Participants engage with course materials without a specific meeting time. Regular assignments may be required, see the course description for details. You will receive an automated e-mail from MSU Outreach with login instructions for the Brightspace (D2L) learning management system one business day before the start date. Students may not have access to the course materials until the actual start date. If you do not receive your login information, please email

Peter Detterline

As Observatory Director for the Mars Society, Peter operates two telescopes, a solar observatory and a robotic observatory. He also teaches a hybrid course on astronomy for Montgomery County Community College and two online courses for Moravian College in Pennsylvania. He has worked with robotic telescopes in the classroom for two decades. He retired after 35 years as the Planetarium Director for the Boyertown Area School District where he gave programs to over half a million people of all age groups. Peter developed the curriculum for the Montana Learning Center's Explore the Universe Camp, Peter studied secondary education, concentrating in earth science at Kutztown University and completed graduate school in geology and astronomy at West Chester University. In addition he has done professional research on eclipsing binary stars, and currently works with the American Association of Variable Star Observers on adding to their variable star database.


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