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Ana M. Larson
ASTR 480
Seattle Campus

Introduction to Astronomical Data Analysis

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.

Class description

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.

Recommended preparation

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.

The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Ana M. Larson
Date: 02/05/2005