A Brief Introduction to Astronomical Observing (PHY2212.01)

Hugh Crowl

In this course, students will learn the fundamentals of observing the night sky with a telescope. This course will teach how to find the basic constellations and how to use both manual and computerized telescopes to point at celestial objects in the night sky. While there will be some classroom time to teach fundamental concepts, the vast majority of the class will consist of practical, hands-on time with telescopes at Stickney Observatory.

Important Scheduling Note: Because we can only observe when it is clear, this class will potentially meet every night that it is clear during the first three weeks of term. As such, students who take this class must have flexible evening schedules to accommodate weather conditions. Module 1 dates are 9/6 – 9/26/2022.

Students may only take this course on a Pass/Fail basis.


Learning Outcomes:
Students will learn how to use telescopes to observe objects in the night sky.


Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 1
T/TH 7:30PM-9:20PM (1st module block)
Maximum Enrollment: 8
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years

Categories: All courses , Physics , Fully In-Person
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