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PHYS 201 - Operation and Research Techniques for Small Observatories


Description:
Students are trained to operate a small observatory, and to use CCD cameras to collect stellar photometry data.

Prerequisites:
Prerequisites: PHYS 101, and either MATH 153 with a grade of C or higher or eligible for MATH 154 based on Math Placement Test.

Credits: (3)

Learner Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Identify bright stars, asterisms & other celestial objects; apply an understanding of the celestial sphere model and the right ascension & declination coordinate system as appropriate to be effective at using small telescopes.
  • Set up and operate a small telescope and the associated equipment and software for both visual observation and acquisition of astronomical CCD images.
  • Obtain scientifically useful data using a telescope and CCD camera, including image acquisition, calibration frames, and image reduction.
  • Effectively operate a small observatory. Specifically, students will be able to operate the mechanical, electrical, electronic, computer, and software systems of a small observatory.
Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
12/1/2011



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