ASTR 3031 - Observational Methods Lab
Credit Hours 2
Prerequisite: MATH 1710 or higher; and ASTR 1020 /1021
Corequisite: ASTR 3030
Description: Detailed introduction to the investigation methods used in modern observational astronomy. Includes astronomical sources, observational limits, atmospheric effects, use of telescopes and instruments, especially spectrographs and solidstate detectors. The lab portion will involve a significant number of nighttime observing hours each week. Students will learn the constellations and stars of the night sky. They will learn to set up, align, and use several different types of telescopes. They will make observations and collect and reduce CCD images to extract science data.