Stellarium Training Series

For RASC members, we offer computer software training on Stellarium. It is a popular and powerful planetarium application available for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux computers. The full software for computers is free. It's not just eye-candy. This is your hub for the Stellarium Training Series.


Current Courses

  • introduction, level 1: the basics, for people completely new to the app, getting started, or a refresher for those who dabble
  • intermediate, level 2: customisation, advanced time and zoom controls, loading comets, connecting to a go-to mount, bookmarking

Visit the specific course level pages for more info and to access the registration forms.

Each course is about 2 hours in duration. They are scheduled near full Moon phases to not take away from observing. Training materials are provided. The sessions are hands-on and delivered live and interactively by an instructor with lots of time for questions and answers. Class sizes are limited to maintain a good instructor-participant ratio. Courses fill up rapidly but we keep waiting lists.

NOTE: Currently all courses are delivered online using teleconferencing meeting software.


Other Materials

  • visit the Stellarium web site for product info, the latest software, the user guide, etc.
  • webinar on basic features: quick 40 minute live demonstration, with Q&A, for up to 100 people; we will run this every couple of months...
  • video on download and installing the Stellarium software


Future Courses

We are considering higher levels of training or courses for specific audiences.

  • We are assembling an EPO course for educators and outreach volunteers. Handy for showing astronomical concepts such as seasons and planetary motion.
  • A level 3 advanced session.
  • A level 4 programming and scripting course.
  • If logistically possible, we'll try to deliver interactive training for the Stellarium app for mobile devices and smartphones.
  • We want to build a train-the-trainer course to help people teach Stellarium courses. It will be lead by a master trainer.


Public Training

We are considering courses for the general public, for a nomimal fee.

We are sorting out logistics for these courses. Stay tuned.