Observational Astronomy
Physics 308

The class is offered in the Fall 2016 term, and meets from 2:00-2:50 on Monday, or at other times to be announced, in Natural Science 312.
The course offers hands-on and remote access to facilities at Moore Observatory in Kentucky and to Mt. Kent Observatory in Queensland, Australia. Observing sessions will be scheduled throughout the semester when weather permits.

Syllabus
Everything you need to know about the class

Star Charts
Maps of the visible sky

Observatories
Moore and Mt. Kent observatories


Astronomical Coordinates


Observatory Access

Data requests
Moore Observatory

Astronomy website
Moore Observatory and Shared Skies

Directions
To Moore Observatory

Data download
Use name and password provided


On-line Public Data and Information

NASA ADS
NASA Astrophysics Data System publication index and archive

Simbad
SIMBAD Astronomical Database

Aladin-Lite
View Astronomical Image Databases

SDSS
Sloal Digital Sky Survey

MAST
Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes

ESO Archive
Science archive from ESO telescopes


Ground-based Observatories and Telescopes

LSST
Large Synoptic Survey Telescope will have an 8.4-meter diameter mirror and a 3.5 degree field of view

VLT
ESO's Very Large Telescope is 4 8.2-meter telescopes

Keck
The University of California's twin 10-meter telescopes on Mauna Kea

Siding Spring
4-meter and 2.3 meter telescopes in Australia

WIYN
An observatory with a 3.5-meter telescope operated by a university consortium and offering community access

Moore and Mt. Kent
Small telescopes in Kentucky and Australia operated by the University of Louisville and the University of Southern Queensland


Software

AstroImageJ
Astronomical photometry, data reduction, and image processing

AstroCC
Celestial coordinate converter and object locator

Aladin
Data base visualization

ds9
FITS image display

Stellarium
Sky simulator

Python
A Python tutorial for physics and astronomy students


Links

Sky-Map
Color version of the DSS

Exoplanet Transits
Ephemerides for observable known exoplanets

astro-ph
Astrophysics arXiv

Heaven's Above
Louisville sky simulation

In-the-Sky
Any time and place