Ana M. Larson
Hands-on experience with electronic imaging devices (CCDs) and software for image reduction and analysis. Introduction to operating systems, reduction software, and statistical analysis with applications to CCD photometry. Prerequisite: ASTR 300; ASTR 323, which may be taken concurrently. Offered: Sp.
All there is to know about a CCD, signal-to-noise calculations, taking an observation from counts on the chip to a reduced image on the screen with preliminary data analysis. The general course description is a good one. You will also become proficient with the 12" Meade telescopes we have, as well as how to autoguide and maximize the productivity of your observing experience.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Minimal lecturing with lots and lots (did I say "lots" already?)of hands-on computer work. There will be exams; the exact number and the content have yet to be determined.
A computer programming course would help.
Class assignments and grading
Some written homework assignments, but mostly computer assignments -- in class and outside of class.
Class participation and preparedness; homework assignments; computer assignments; observing preparedness.