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Astronomy 230: Astronomy Lab

Course Outline


Basics: Telescope operation, celestial sphere, star names, conventions

Instrumentation: Telescope design, optics and image formation, CCD detectors, observing techniques, spectroscopic design, error analysis

Software: UNIX, IRAF data reduction, introduction to IDL

Observing: Naked-eye, spectroscopic, and imaging projects with the campus telescopes


Typical Organization

Lectures: Tu 7:00 - 8:00 PM

Observatory sessions, self scheduled as weather permits

Lab reports (20% each for two)

Project (20% on oral report, 20% on web page)

Quizzes and participation (20%)

Text: Peterson field guides: stars and planets

Birney et al., Observational Astronomy, 2nd ed.


All information is representative only, and is likely to change from year to year.