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Hands-On Astronomy: Observing Stars and Planets

This class introduces the student to the use of small telescopes, either for formal research or as a hobby.This course covers background for and techniques of visual observation, electronic imaging, and spectroscopy of the Moon, planets, satellites, stars, and brighter deep-space objects. Weekly outdoor observing sessions using 8-inch diameter telescopes when weather permits. Indoor sessions introduce needed skills. Introduction to contemporary observational astronomy including astronomical c...

Start Date: Feb 01, 2002 Topics: Astronomy
Cost: Free

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This class introduces the student to the use of small telescopes, either for formal research or as a hobby.This course covers background for and techniques of visual observation, electronic imaging, and spectroscopy of the Moon, planets, satellites, stars, and brighter deep-space objects. Weekly outdoor observing sessions using 8-inch diameter telescopes when weather permits. Indoor sessions introduce needed skills. Introduction to contemporary observational astronomy including astronomical computing, image and data processing, and how astronomers work. Student must maintain a careful and complete written log which is graded. (Limited enrollment with priority to freshmen. Consumes an entire evening each week; 100% attendance at observing sessions required to pass.)

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  • Dates: Feb 01, 2002 to May 25, 2002
  • Days of the Week: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Level of Difficulty: Beginner
  • Size: Massive Open Online Course
  • Instructor: James Elliot
  • Cost: Free
  • Institution: MIT OCW
  • Topics: Astronomy

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