ASTR 610: Astronomical Instrumentation and Techniques

The outline specific to Fall 1998 is separate.

General Description

This course is intended to provide a detailed introduction to astronomical instrumentation, and how to use it, for all wavelengths. The volume of relevant material is too large to fit in a single semester so the content varies depending on who is teaching the course. The goal of the course is to address the differences from one wavelength regime to another in such a way as to make observational astronomy a coherent whole, differing only in details from one regime to another. Examples tend to be drawn predominantly from the radio and the optical regimes since these are the two regimes in which the majority of astronomers practice, but other regimes such as infrared, ultraviolet, x-ray, and gamma rays are also addressed to show how technical details differ in these regimes.

Topics Which Should Be Covered in the Course

Experience has shown that one can cover only approximately 2/3 of this material.

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