Course Syllabus

Useful links:

Andreas Observatory Spectrograph Manual

Local UNIX Systems Homepage







January 14-18 (Week 1): Introduction, Discussion of Observing Projects

January 22-25 (Week 2): Waiting for the Moon to Fade

January 28-February 1 (Week 3): Waiting for the Moon to Fade, Watching Clouds

February 4-8 (Week 4): Watching Clouds

February 11-15 (Week 5): Watching Clouds

February 18-22 (Week 6): An Attempt at Setting up the New Camera

February 25-March 1 (Week 7): A Non-Observing Plan, and Good Hardware News

March 4-8 (Week 8): Watching Clouds, Plans for Next Observing Night

March 18-22 (Week 9): Discussion of Elliptical Data And a Second Observing Night

March 25-29 (Week 10)

April 1-5 (Week 11)

April 8-12 (Week 12)

April 15-19 (Week 13)

April 22-26 (Week 14)

April 29-May 3 (Week 15)

Observing projects for the future

Narrow-band imaging of emission-line nebulae (What emission-line properties of HII regions and Planetary Nebulae can be studied with filters that isolate the primary emission lines?)

Multicolor imaging of reflection nebulae (What are the scattering and extinction functions of Galactic dust?)

Multicolor imaging of globular clusters (What can broad-band colors of simple stellar populations tell us about their ages and metal abundances?)

Below is a partial list of relevant books that we have in the Library:

Berry et al. (1994) "The CCD Camera Cookbook"

Berry & Burnell (2000) "The Handbook of Astronomical Image Processing"

Buil (1991) "CCD Astronomy"

Kitchin (2009) "Astrophysical Techniques"

Kitchin (1995) "Telescopes and Techniques"

Martinez & Klotz (1998) "A Practical Guide to CCD Astronomy"

Ratledge (1997) "The Art and Science of CCD Astronomy"

Starck & Murtagh (2002) "Astronomical Image and Data Analysis"

Sterken & Manfroid (1992) "Astronomical Photometry"

Wodaski (2002) "The New CCD Astronomy"