Astronomy 354 Spring 2013

Photometry II

Paul Eskridge

Department of Physics & Astronomy, Minnesota State University

Time: W 12:00 - 12:50 PM

Place: C-114 Trafton Science Ctr.

Required Text Book: Howell (2006) "Handbook of CCD Astronomy" 2nd ed.

My office is N-152 Trafton Science Ctr.
Phone: (389)-1840
Office Hours:  M: 11-5, T: 11-12, W: 2-4, H: 11-12

Course Web-page:

Course Syllabus and Information

The basic format of the course will be as follows: We will meet occasionally at the scheduled (day-time) meeting time. We will also meet at night at Andreas Observatory.

The first project for the semester will be to obtain and analyse calibrated multi-color surface photometry of an elliptical galaxy. If the data for this project are obtained early and easily, we will attempt some other observing projects.

All students will be required to design an observing program involving imaging photometry of extended sources that is possible to accomplish with facilities that currently exist. This program does not have to be something that we can do at Andreas, but it must be possible to do someplace. It should have a clear scientific goal, and the required signal to noise, and observing time need to be worked out properly. This project is due by noon Monday May 6th.

There will be no exams.

At the end of the semester, we will set up times to discuss the course on an individual basis. Essentially, I will be asking you what grade you should get in the class. If our ideas on that differ we can discuss the matter. I am quite serious about this -- I will not assign you a grade until after you meet with me.

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Revised: 2013 January 10