CHOICE Courses

2021 CHOICE Schedule & Registration for Nonmembers

Below is the schedule of CHOICE courses for 2021. Clicking a title will take you to the course description.

CHOICE course participation cost is $35 USD per course for members and $60 per course for nonmembers.

All our courses for the year are listed below, except the Photometry Using VPhot course, which is only available to members. (You can become a member.)

2021 CHOICE Schedule & Registration for Members

Below is the schedule of CHOICE courses for 2021. Clicking a title will take you to the course description.

CHOICE course participation cost is $35 USD per course for members (members need to be current with their membership and logged in to their AAVSO web account to receive this pricing), and $60 per course for nonmembers.

Course registrations open on a rolling basis. Please click the respective "purchase" button below to register and pay for a course. (If a purchase button is not under the course you want, its registration is not currently open.)

2021 CHOICE Schedule

Below please find a schedule of CHOICE courses that will be taught in 2021 (along with the instructor's name in italics). To read more about each course, please click the title which will take you to the course description page. CHOICE course participation cost is $35 USD per course for members, and $60 per course for nonmembers. 

Registration will open soon!

 

February 1 - 26:  Fundamental Statistics for Photometry - Tom Calderwood

2020 CHOICE Schedule & Registration for Members

Below please find a schedule of CHOICE courses that will be taught in 2020. To read more about each course, please click the title which will take you to the course description page.

The remaining 2020 courses are being offered for free to enourage astronomy learning at home amidst COVID-19. Regularly, CHOICE course participation cost is $35 USD per course for members, and $60 per course for nonmembers. 
 

2020 CHOICE Schedule & Registration for Nonmembers

Below please find a schedule of CHOICE courses that will be taught in 2020. To read more about each course, please click the title which will take you to the course description page.

The remaining 2020 CHOICE courses are free to encourage astronomy learning at home amidst COVID-19. Regularly, CHOICE course participation cost is $60 USD per course for non-members and $35 per course for AAVSO members. 

AAVSO Photometry CHOICE Courses

At present there are three AAVSO CHOICE Photometry courses, two for monochrome CCD/CMOS cameras and one for DSLR cameras. These courses require daily commitments of time from each student to complete successfully. This includes time taking and processing images as well as participation in discussion questions on the forum. Students will be asked to share their results with the instructor and with other students. An “open book” final test is required from each student.

CHOICE: Developing a Visual Observing Program

Whether you are a new observer or a returning observer or just interested in getting some fresh ideas on how to get the most out of your time at the telescope, this course is for you!

Contrary to what some people might think, visual observations of variable stars are just as important as ever! By learning how to customize your observing program to suit your equipment, site conditions, and interests, you will discover how to maximize the scientific value of your work while increasing your enjoyment of observing.