Astronomy - laboratory III 1104-4A13
The main goal of the course "Astronomy - laboratory III" is to prepare students to conduct observational programs using photometric techniques with CCD detectors. Also data reduction methods are presented. CCD detectors are the most common detectors used in modern observational astronomy. Data collected with these detectors require specific reductions techniques that are basic for astronomers.
During the course all aspects of preparation to photometric observations are taught, starting from preparation of finding charts, techniques of object identification, etc.. Then the student is acquainted with the telescope and CCD camera and he/she is supposed to independently conduct observations over 1-3 clear nights at the observing station in Ostrowik. Collected data are archived and analyzed at Warsaw Observatory. Data reduction packages like IRAF, DAOPhot, DoPhot, DIA are presented. Light curves of observed objects are derived using these packages.
Also the most popular period analysis software packages are described and applied to the collected data for characterization of the observed objects. Collected data, if of sufficient quality, can be published in professional journals.
Assesment of carried out observations and reduced data.
No textbooks. Literature is provided appropriately to the subject of the lecture/exercise.
Information on level of this course, year of study and semester when the course unit is delivered, types and amount of class hours - can be found in course structure diagrams of apropriate study programmes. This course is related to the following study programmes:
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