Astronomy 11 - Observational Astronomy

Course Description: Basic interpretation of astronomical observations through telescopes, binoculars, computers, cameras, and other simple measuring equipment. Use of planetarium to facilitate recognition of constellations, stars, planetary motions, and study coordinate systems and celestial motions. Development of observational skills to study outdoor sky and outcomes of indoor laboratory experiments. Emphasis on quantitative and qualitative analysis of variety of astronomical data.  [Units: 1; Transfer: CSU/UC]

Course Prerequisite: Completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, Astronomy 2, Astronomy 5, Astronomy 10, Physics 10, or Earth Science 10. 

Course Advisory: Completion of English 50 strongly recommended.

Spring 2017 Semester

Class Handouts

Exams and Answer Keys

Lab Exercises

Student Performance


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Class Handouts/ Lecture Notes

Exams and Answer Keys

  • Items to be added at commencement of classes

Lab Exercises – Day Classes Only

  • Lab 10  (Introduction to the Night Sky, Spring) Word PDF
  • Lab 11  (Navigating the Sky, Spring) Word PDF
  • Lab 12  (Stars and Maps, Spring) Word PDF
  • Lab 21  (Fields of View) Word PDF
  • Lab 22  (Telescopes and Images) Word PDF
  • Lab 23  (Galilean Telescope) Word PDF
  • Lab 31  (Cosmic Collisions) Word PDF
  • Lab 32  (Asteroidal Astrometrics) Word PDF
  • Lab 33  (MaxIm DL Image Processing) Word PDF
  • Lab 34  (Star Clusters) Word PDF
  • Lab 35  (Jovian Planets) Word PDF
  • Lab 36  (The Moon) Word PDF
  • Lab 37  (Calculating the Hubble Constant) Word PDF
  • Lab 38  (Hubble Law in Use) Word PDF
  • Lab 51  (The Sundial) Word PDF
  • Lab 52  (Observing Trip - Spring) Word PDF
  • Lab 54  (Observing the Sun) Word PDF
  • Lab 61  (Pluto and Charon) Word PDF
  • Lab 62  (Observing Analysis - Spring) Word PDF


Lab exercises – Night classes only


  • Lab I-A (Sizing up the Sky, Spring) Word PDF
  • Lab I-B (Naked Eye to Eyepiece, Spring) Word PDF
  • Lab I-C (Celestial Roadmaps, Spring) Word PDF
  • Lab I-D (Planispheres and Astronomy Apps) Word PDF
  • Lab I-E  (Star Counts and the Milky Way) Word PDF
  • Lab II-A  (The Workings of a Telescope) Word PDF
  • Lab II-Ba  (Field of View) Word PDF
  • Lab II-Bb  (Field of View - supplement) Word PDF
  • Lab II-C  (Astronomical Imaging) Word PDF
  • Lab II-D  (The Making of a Telescope) Word PDF
  • Lab II-E  (Image Processing) Word PDF
  • Lab III-C  (The Moon) Word PDF
  • Lab III-D  (The Sun) Word PDF
  • Lab III-E  (Observing the Sun) Word PDF
  • Lab III-F  (Asteroids – pts. 1 + 2) Word PDF
  • Lab III-G  (Jupiter’s Moons) Word PDF
  • Lab III-H  (Comets) Word PDF
  • Lab III-Ja  (Pluto and Charon part I) Word PDF
  • Lab III-Jb  (Pluto and Charon part II) Word PDF
  • Lab IV-F  (The Photometry of the Pleiades) Word PDF
  • Lab V-Aa  (Hubble’s Law – part I) Word PDF
  • Lab V-Ab  (Hubble’s Law – part II) Word PDF
  • Lab VI-A  (Sundial Project) Word PDF
  • Lab O-1  (Observing Assignment) Word PDF

Student Performance



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