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
- Study Track in Astrophysical Sciences
The course is available to students from other degree programmes.
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.
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.
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.
- 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
Knowledge of UNIX operating system is a plus.
The registration to the course is done by attending the course PAP308 Special Course in Observation Astronomy in the I period.
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.