Rutgers University Department of Physics and Astronomy

Observational Optical Astronomy
Physics 344 --- Fall 2013

Course Information:

This course provides an introduction to the tools and techniques of modern observational astronomy at visible wavelengths. We will use the 20-inch optical telescope of the Schommer Observatory to carry out astronomical imaging and spectroscopic observations, and analyze these observations using professional image-processing software.

Dr. Tad Pryor, 302W Physics & Astronomy Bldg, 732-445-5500 x5462,
Office Hour: Wednesday 3:00 - 4:30 PM. Alternatively, call or email for an appointment.

Mr. Jesse Jedrusiak,

Lecture: Th period 7 (6:40 - 8:00 PM)
Observing: Su, M, Tu, W, and F nights
Location: 401 Physics & Astronomy Bldg, Busch Campus (enter the door facing Allison Rd and takes the stairs to the 4th floor)
Text: Observational Astronomy, 2nd edition by Birney, Gonzalez, & Oesper, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 978-0-521-85370-5

Image: Composite image of M33 taken with the 0.5m telescope of the Schommer Observatory .


Current Course News

Observing for Lab 6 will commence on November 17. The description of Lab 6 will be available on Saturday -- my apologies for the delay.

Observing Schedule

My assignments to the lab sessions are below. Let me know if you have a problem with your day/time.

Day Time Student 1 Student 2 Student 3
Sunday 7:00 - 9:00 K. Fahey A. Leung
9:00 - 11:00 S. Patel A. Singh
Monday 7:00 - 9:00 S. Ogg S. Rice
9:00 - 11:00 A. Gross A. Wasserman
Tuesday 7:00 - 9:00 A. Howard A. Trinker
9:00 - 11:00 C. Fekete A. Yolleck
Wednesday 7:00 - 9:00 M. Harper J. Kammerer T. Leong
9:00 - 11:00 G. King A. Rupp

Observing predictions for the Schommer Observatory. In the "cloud cover" line, dark blue is good and white is bad.


Manuals and Handouts

Lecture Slides

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Revised December 1, 2013