ASTR2401 Fall 2016


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Observing Labs

Observing Lab Start Times

Observing labs are finished for the semester. We’ll be meeting on campus at 8:00pm Tuesday and Thursday from now on.

Skyview Observatory Weather
Skyview Observatory Directions

Lab Notebook - Observing Log Guidelines
Observing Manual
CCD Observing Log

Semester Project

Final Project Assignment and Rubric

Here is an example of a published paper for inspiration

Final Presentation Schedule

Thursday, December 1st, 2016
  1. Baillie
  2. Sam
  3. Montana
  4. Andy
  5. David & Kyle
Tuesday, December 6th, 2016
  1. Dominic
  2. Justin & Dylan
  3. Victoria
  4. Brittany
  5. Tannor
  6. Jason

Final Project Write-up Due

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

Project Proposals due October 4th
Project Ideas

Finder Charts

Here is a web-based finder chart that is really easy to use!

Observing Lab Instructions

Observing Lab One: Visual Observing
Observing Lab Two: CCD Imaging
Observing Lab Three: Color Imaging
Observing Lab Four: CCD Photometry

Classroom Labs

Thursdays at 3:30pm in SC 121

Classroom Lab Instructions

Lab One: Using the Sky
Lab Two: Planning Observations
Lab Three: CCD Image Processing
Lab Four: Processing Color Images - Data Files for Lab Four
Lab Five: Processing Your Own CCD Images
   - Lab Five Alternative Images - Monochrome - Color

Lab Six: Photometry - Lab Six has changed!

Lab Seven: Poisson Statistics:
   - Poisson Lab Data Collection Prelab

Lab Eight: Spectroscopy
  - Spectra

Alternate Lab: The Astronomical Literature
Alternate Lab: Processing Data from the Hubble Legacy Archive

Lecture Slides

Week 1: Coordinates
Week 2: Time and Planning Observations
Week 3: CCD Basics
Week 4: Filters
Week 5: Telescopes I
Week 6: Telescopes II
Week 8-9: Photometry
Week 10: Statistics
Week 11: Astronomy Careers
Week 12: Spectroscopy
Week 13: Observations in Other Wavelengths
Week 14: Radio Astronomy


Sun and Moon Data for One Day - Just what it sounds like
Astrobites - Astrobites is a daily astrophysical literature journal written by graduate students in astronomy. It sums up a recent paper in plain, accessible language.


TechJSkyCalc - A great tool for planning observations
AstroImageJ - Photometry and Data Reduction
Aladin Sky Atlas - Interface with CDS, useful for making finding charts
IRSA Finder Chart - Web-based finder chart.