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2023-2024 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

AST 251 Observational Astronomy

Lecture: 1 Lab: 3 Clinic: 0 Credits: 2
This course covers the operation of the telescope and related observatory equipment. Emphasis is placed on the use of the telescope and related observatory equipment, including techniques of data collection, measurements, and data analysis. Upon completion, students should be able to set up a telescope and use the coordinate system to locate objects, collect data, and make measurements with the telescope.

This course has been approved for transfer under the CAA as a premajor and/or elective course requirement.

Pre-requisite(s): AST 111 or AST 152 .
Course is typically offered in Fall.
Course has transfer restrictions - 20 years

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
At completion of the course, the student should be able to do the following:

  1. Identify seasonal constellations and their associated characteristics.
  2. Conduct an observing session using the Cline Observatory telescope and supporting equipment.
  3. Conduct an observing session using the Cline Observatory’s portable telescopes.
  4. Compile astronomical observations as part of an observing project.
  5. Process astronomical data using appropriate analysis tools for a particular project.