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UC San Diego Extension Observational Astronomy 1: Observing Fundamentals, Telescopes, Astrometry

San Diego, CA 92123
United States
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Gain the fundamental knowledge and skills necessary to conduct basic astronomical research and imaging projects. Explore with topics such as astronomical coordinate systems, measuring time and distance, and describing the principles of the operation of telescopes and CCD cameras.

Learn how to plan and organize an observing run at the telescope, identify typical resources used for observing run planning, and receive an opportunity to create a realistic observing run. Participate in short discussions of statistics and measurement errors relevant to astronomy, how to perform CCD calibrations, and immersion into how to conduct of an astrometric project to measure the motion of an asteroid.
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