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PAP306 Advanced Course in Observational Astronomy I, 5 cr 
Code PAP306  Validity 01.01.2017 -
Name Advanced Course in Observational Astronomy I  Abbreviation Advanced Course 
Scope5 cr   
TypeAdvanced studies
TypeCourse   
  GradingGeneral scale 
  no
    Can be taken more than onceno
Unit Master's Programme in Particle Physics and Astrophysical Sciences 

Description
Target group 

Master’s Programme in Particle Physics and Astrophysical Sciences is responsible for the course.

Module where the course belongs to:

  • PAP300 Advanced Studies in Particle Physics and Astrophysical Sciences
    Optional for:
    1. Study Track in Astrophysical Sciences

The course is available to students from other degree programmes.

 
Timing 

The course is recommended after taking the Basic Observational Astronomy and Fundamental Astronomy courses. Prerequisite for taking the course is a participation in the IRAF course.

The course may be offered in the autumn semester. IRAF course starts in teaching period I, the busy week of the course is scheduled in period II, the reports are returned in period III.

 
Learning outcomes 

Participants of the course will learn about preparation, conduction and data reduction of modern astronomical observations. They will participate in the forefront research projects on stellar evolution, galaxy evolution and cosmology and contribute to obtaining the new measurements.

 
Completion methods 

The main part of the course is 1 week intense field course, located at Tuorla Observatory with courses on preparation of observations, astronomical instruments. The practical work consists of remote observations using the 2.6m Nordic Optical Telescope. The course work includes presentations of the results and the course report, based on which the grade will be issued.

 
Prerequisites 

The course is recommended after taking the Basic Observational Astronomy and Fundamental Astronomy courses.

Prerequisite for taking the course is a participation in the IRAF course.

 
Recommended optional studies 

Cosmology

Stellar evolution

 
Contents 
  • Instrumentation of Nordic Optical Telescope
  • Visibility studies, observational conditions and planning the observational run
  • Telescope control system
  • Preparation of the observing run: choosing exposures, filters, grisms for the science goals
  • Calibration observations
  • Target acquisition
  • Performance spectroscopic and imaging observations at optical and near infrared.
  • Data reduction and visualization
  • Performing the scientific experiment: planing, conducting, adjusting, reporting
 
Study materials and literature 

http://users.utu.fi/kani/opetus/spektriohje/spektriohje.pdf

http://www.not.iac.es/observing/guide/

Knowledge of UNIX operating system is a plus.

 


Current and future instruction
Functions Name Type cr Teacher Schedule
Advanced Course in Observational Astronomy I  Field Course  Alexey Finogenov 
19.09.19thu 14.15-16.00

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