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Astronomy 221: Observing The Night Sky

Course Outline

The night sky: Astronomicaltelescopes and observing procedures, coordinate systems and celestialmotions, types and physical nature of astronomical objects

Using THE SKY computer planetarium program: Names and appearance of important objects, constellation forms

Using a small telescope: Set up and operate a computerized telescope, observe examples of interesting objects


Typical Organization

Lectures: TBA at start of term, 4-5 total

Observatory sessions, self scheduled as weather permits

Lab reports (100%) two major exercises

Text: M. A. Covington, How to use a computerized telescope

Other resources: T. Jordan and S. Peters, The sky workbook, with CD


All information is representative only, and is likely to change from year to year.