ASTR 230 Assignments & Links
USEFUL LINKS FOR THE ASSIGNMENTS
- Feb 10: Lab I (available for download in Adobe PDF or Postscript format)
- TBD: Lab II: Photometry
- TBD: Lab III: Spectroscopy
- TBD: Special Project Oral Report
- May 3, 2017: Special Project Web Page
- Set your watch to Universal Time or Central Time at the NIST website.
- The Millennium Star Atlases in the reading room are a good place
setup stars for your targets.
- Here's a good place to get
finding charts for your objects for use with the CCD on campus.
Choose the 'basic' interface, highlight 'Digitized
Sky Survey', pick a size of 1 degree, and download the FITS file. Then
load it into IRAF,
smooth it using 'gauss' with sigma=1. Display the smoothed image with
zsc- and zra+, make
the stars black in the ximtool, and then use 'wcslab' to add a
Scale the image to highlight only the bright stars, with the
intermediate ones still visible
but looking faint and the background a very light grey. Then print out
the chart and
mark your object on it in black ink or with a pencil.
- Look up coordinates,
etc for known objects here.
- My favorite
search engine for astronomical literature allows you to find
- A list of the
may prove useful to you for selecting objects for your project.
- Latitude and Longitude for the campus are: 29:43:09.6,
- Latitude and Longitude for George Observatory are: 29:22:30,
- Latitude and Longitude for Manvel location is: 29:27:56,
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