Rutgers University Department of Physics and Astronomy

Observational Optical Astronomy
Physics 344 --- Fall 2014


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.

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

Mr. Jean Walker, 332W Physics & Astronomy Bldg, jpwalker@physics.rutgers.edu

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 .

Syllabus

Current Course News

Your RU ID card should now give you access to the door facing Allison Road, the classroom (Serin 401), and the observatory.

Students in this course can access the Physics Department LAWN with their laptop. Your web browser will be directed to a login screen. Select the "Authorized Rutgers NetID" option from the "Status:" line and then enter your NetID and password.

Observing Schedule

Assignments to the observing 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 Y. Cohen K. Porter
9:00 - 11:00 A. Dobaria R. Geda I. Krstevska
Monday 7:00 - 9:00 S. Cheedella P. Chi
9:00 - 11:00 A. Brody L. Valentin
Tuesday 7:00 - 9:00 C. Deegan S. Praturi
9:00 - 11:00 S. Deshpande J. Pinheiro C. Ray
Wednesday 7:00 - 9:00 T. Emami A. Kaufman
9:00 - 11:00 J. Roig R. Belfer
Friday 7:00 - 9:00 R. Gruytch C. Shanahan
9:00 - 11:00 A. Divakarla A. Parikh A. Thuppul

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

Labs

Manuals and Handouts

Lecture Slides

Please send any comments on this page to pryor@physics.rutgers.edu.

Revised November 26, 2014