Credit Weight: 0.5 Prerequisite(s): Physics 1101 or 1113/1133 or permission of the instructor Description: Students are taught the practical use of the telescope and CCD detectors to find, track and image astronomical targets in the night sky, measure the light of stars, and determine the proper motion of celestial bodies. The basic theory of astronomical coordinate systems, time keeping, star charts, the optics of telescopes, atmospheric effects, CCD electronics, photometry, variable stars, astrometry, and spectroscopy will be covered. Several software packages for telescope control, data collection, and analysis will be introduced. This course will involve a hands-on project at the Thunder Bay Observatory scheduled outside of normal class time. Offering: 3-1; 0-0

Physics 2410 Observational Astronomy

Credit Weight: 0.5 Prerequisite(s): Physics 1101 or 1113/1133 or permission of the instructor Description: Students are taught the practical use of the telescope and CCD detectors to find, track and image astronomical targets in the night sky, measure the light of stars, and determine the proper motion of celestial bodies. The basic theory of astronomical coordinate systems, time keeping, star charts, the optics of telescopes, atmospheric effects, CCD electronics, photometry, variable stars, astrometry, and spectroscopy will be covered. Several software packages for telescope control, data collection, and analysis will be introduced. This course will involve a hands-on project at the Thunder Bay Observatory scheduled outside of normal class time. Offering: 3-1; 0-0




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