Observational Astronomy

Observational Astronomy
Basic techniques of observational astronomy, emphasizing practical experience in optical data acquisition and analysis.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 2.0 Lecture, 4.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesPHSCS 127
 NoteSee instructor about proficiency exam if you have taken Phscs 127 equivalent.
 TaughtFall, Winter
 ProgramsContaining PHSCS 329
Course Outcomes

Observing with a Telescope and CCD camera

Obtain publication quality astronomical data (photometric data) using a telescope and CCD camera.

Optical Data Reduction and Analysis

Process raw data and extract astrophysically significant information from data about astronomical objects.

Astronomical Written and Verbal Presentation Skills

---Present results in astronomical publication format written in AASTeX.

---Present results in poster form like those at American Astronomical Society meetings.

---Prepare a request for telescope time at a facility outside of BYU

Professional Ethics

Follow professional ethics guidelines in research activities and presentation of results.