SIERRA COLLEGE
ASTRONOMY DEPARTMENT

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. 

Course Advisory: Completion of English 50 strongly recommended.

CONTENTS
Spring 2018 Semester

NIGHTTIME SECTIONS

Class Handouts

  • Syllabus [doc | pdf]
  • All-sky star charts--Fall [doc | pdf]
  • All-sky star charts--Spring [doc | pdf]
  • Spare H-pages from observing handbook [doc | pdf]
  • Spare log chart from observing handbook [doc | pdf]
  • The Celestial Sphere and the Star Charts [doc | pdf | browser]
  • Star-Finding with a Planisphere [Browser]
  • Using the Skygazer's Almanac [doc | pdf | browser]
  • Sierra College Honesty Policy/Emergency Procedures [pdf]

Student Performance--Posted in ST-2 and below

Professor Demarzi Professor Hale

NIGHTTIME SECTIONS

Labs Exercises

  • Lab 1A (FALL): Sizing up the sky [doc | pdf]
  • Lab 1A (SPRING): Sizing up the sky [doc | pdf]
  • Lab 1A (SUMMER): Sizing up the sky [doc | pdf]
  • Lab 1B (FALL): Naked eye to eyepiece [doc | pdf]
  • Lab 1B (SPRING): Naked eye to eyepiece [doc | pdf]
  • Lab 1B (SUMMER): Naked eye to eyepiece [doc | pdf]
  • Lab 1C (FALL): Celestial roadmaps [doc | pdf]
  • Lab 1C (SPRING): Celestial roadmaps [doc | pdf]
  • Lab 1C (SUMMER): Celestial roadmaps [doc | pdf]
  • Lab 1D: Planispheres and astronomy apps [doc | pdf]
  • Lab 1E: Star counts and the Milky Way [doc | pdf]
  • Lab 2A: Workings of a telescope [doc | pdf]
  • Lab 2Ba: Field of view [doc | pdf]
  • Lab 2Bb: Field of view supplement [doc | pdf]
  • Lab 2C: Astronomical imaging [doc | pdf]
  • Lab 2D: Making of a telescope [doc | pdf]
  • Lab 2E: Image processing [doc | pdf]
  • Lab 3C: The Moon [doc | pdf]
  • Lab 3D: The Sun [doc | pdf]
  • Lab 3E: Observing the Sun [doc | pdf]
  • Lab 3F: Asteroids [doc | pdf]
  • Lab 3G: Jupiter's moons [doc | pdf]
  • Lab 3H: Comets [doc | pdf]
  • Lab 3Ja: Pluto and Charons [doc | pdf]
  • Lab 3Jb: Pluto and Charon supplement [doc | pdf]
  • Lab 4F: Photometry of the Pleiades [doc | pdf]
  • Lab 5a: Hubbles Law I [doc | pdf]
  • Lab 5b: Hubbles Law II [doc | pdf]
  • Lab 6A: Sundial project [doc | pdf]
  • Lab O1: Observing assignment [doc | pdf]

DAYTIME SECTIONS

Class Handouts

  • Syllabus [doc | pdf]
  • Significant figures [doc | pdf]
  • All-sky star charts--Fall [doc | pdf]
  • All-sky star charts--Spring [doc | pdf]
  • Prelab example [doc | pdf]
  • Checklist for observing night! [doc | pdf]
  • Sierra College Honesty Policy/Emergency Procedures [pdf]

Student Performance--Posted in ST-2

DAYTIME SECTIONS

Labs in handbook (these are not available on line)

  • Lab 10: Introduction to the stars
  • Lab 11: Maps and scales
  • Lab 12: Altitude and azimuth
  • Lab 13: Learning your way around the stars
  • Lab 21: Fields of view
  • Lab 22: The Galilean telescope
  • Lab 31: Jovian systems
  • Lab 32: Cosmic collisions
  • Lab 33: Asteroidal astrometrics
  • Lab 35: The colour out of space
  • Lab 36: MaxIm DL image processing
  • Lab 37: Calculating the Hubble Constant
  • Lab 38: The Hubble Law in use
  • Lab 41: Laboratory analysis--accuracy and precision
  • Lab 42: Laboratory analysis--conversions and fitting graphs
  • Lab 51: Observing trip
  • Lab 52: Observing analysis
  • Lab 53: Observing the Sun
  • Lab 54: The sundial
  • Lab 61: The Pluto and Charon

 
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