- The student can operate the optical telescopes unsupervised
- The students know how to set up a project plan
- The student knows how to perform a small research project, how to report and present this
- The student masters the observational techniques needed to make useful optical observations.
Observations form a very important empirical basis to our knowledge of the Universe. In this course we will overview the basics of astronomical observations: time, coordinates, telescopes, detectors and analysis techniques. The Department is equipped with a unique array of telescopes including two optical telescopes, two radio dishes, a LOFAR prototype station and astroparticle detectors. Students will make their own observations and learn how to reduce the raw data to scientifically interesting results.
Projectverslag en mondelinge presentatie
- Bradt H., Astronomy Methods: A Physical Approach to Astronomical Observations, Cambridge Univ. Press, 2004, ISBN 0-521-53551-4
The course will be given in the second and third quarter