ASTRONOMY 14 – FALL 2017

 

GENERAL SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES

 

Week

#

Lab

Meeting Days

Topics and Lab Exercises

Textbook

Reading

Field Activity

(thursdays)

Moon Phase

1

8/22

8/24

Introduction and enrollment check.

Overview of  course and equipment to be used (telescopes, cameras, film, accessories,  CCD’s and software). Measuring Angles in the Sky

Lab –Using the Sky I-A

 

 

 

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Wax. Cres.

2

8/29

8/31

 

Telescope set-up and take down, Tel-Rad, eyepieces and

focusing. Telescopes, parameters and definitions.

 

Lab – Celestial Tools I-B (parts I and II)

Or Lab- Esssentials of the Telescope  I-E

 

Ch. 1

 

Telescope use and Sky Tour

Blue Canyon

Wax. Gib.

3

9/5

9/7

Monday

Holiday

 

Cameras, lenses, film, terminology

Astrophotography documentation (the green book).

 

Lab – Intro to digital astrophotography II-B (parts I and II)

Or Lab – Celestial Tools I-B (part III)

     Lab- Esssentials of the Telescope  I-E

OR Lab – The Workings of a Telescope I-D (parts I and II)

 

Ch. 4

(pp. 62-82)

 

 

Sky Tour/Star Trails/ Tripod Wide Field/Lunar

Blue Canyon

Wan. Gib.

4

9/12

9/14

Piggyback imaging and more Telescope parameters

 

Lab- Esssentials of the Telescope  I-E

Lab – Celestial Tools (part III)

OR Lab – Afocal/prime focus photography (terrestrial and solar) II-C

OR Lab –  FOV I-C (1 or 2 parts)

OR Lab – The Workings of a Telescope I-D (parts I and II)

 

Ch. 4

(pp. 62-82)

Supplemental handout(5)

­­ Telescope use and Sky Tour/Lunar       (if needed)

Blue Canyon

Wan. Cres.

5

9/19

9/21

 

Tracking, polar alignment, barn door tracker

Prime focus photography (planets, moon and sun)

Lab –  FOV I-C  and Quiz!

OR Lab – Afocal/prime focus photography (terrestrial and solar) II-C

 

Supplemental handout(9)

Wide field digital/ Piggyback

Blue Canyon

Wax. Cres

6

9/26

9/28

 

Lab – Afocal/Prime focus photography (terrestrial and solar) II-C

OR CCD Imagery II-D

OR Lab – Using a Robotic Telescope II-F

 

 

Prime Focus

Blue Canyon

1st  Quarter

7

10/3

10/5

Mid-Term

Plus (perhaps) Lab – Using a Robotic Telescope II-F

 

Digital / afocal photography/lunar or CCD

Blue Canyon

Full

 

GENERAL SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES (continued)

 

Week

#

Lab Meeting Days

Topics and Lab Exercises

Textbook

Reading

Field Activity

Moon Phase

8

10/10

10/12

 

CCD imaging, focus, calibration (bias, darks, flats). Imaging session planning, data management.

Lab – Using a Robotic Telescope II-F

Lab –  CCD Imagery II-D

Take Pictures with Robotic Telescope?

Ch. 3 (pp 36-53)

Ch. 5 (pp 94-104; pp. 117-120)

Supplemental handout(11)

Astrophotography / CCD imaging

Pliot Hill/Blue Canyon/NCC

3rd Quarter

9

10/17

10/19

 

Scanning pictures and Basic Image Processing w/ PhotoShop

Lab -  Image processing  III-A (Photoshop)

Lab – TheSky Review

or Lab – Afocal photography (solar) II-C

Take Pictures with Robotic Telescope?

Ch. 4

Astrophotography / CCD imaging

PILOT HILL/Blue Canyon/NCC

New

10

10/24

10/26

 

MaxIm DL / CCD imaging

.

Lab – MaxIm DL  III-B

Ch. 2,3

Supplemental (12)

Astrophotography / CCD imaging

PILOT HILL/Blue Canyon

1st Quarter

11

10/31

11/2

Work on Images.

 

 

Ch. 2,3,4

Supplemental (13,14)

Astrophotography / CCD imaging

PILOT HILL/Blue Canyon

Full

12

11/7

11/9

Work on Images.

 

 

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3rd Quarter

13

11/14

11/16

Final – Display/Turn-in Portfolio

-

 

Wan. Cres.

14

11/21

11/23

Pick up Final and Portfolio

 

-

 

Wax. Cres.

15

11/28

11/30

Make-up

-

 

Wax. Gib.

16

12/5

12/7

Make-up

-

 

Wan. Gib.