Burke and Graham-Smith: An Introduction to Radio Astronomy.
For people planning to become radio astronomers, a better book would be Interferometry and Synthesis in Radio Astronomy by Thomson, Moran, and Swenson but there is too much material in that book for us to cover and last spring it was also impossible to get copies of that book since it was being revised.
Schroeder: Astronomical Optics.
This book will be used fairly extensively in the first half of the course.
Seidelmann: Explanatory Supplement to the Astronomical Almanac.
This book, which the bookstore is carrying as recommended rather than required, will be used only in the first few weeks of the course. It is, however, a fundamental reference for observational astronomers of all types.
01 Sep - Time Systems 03 Sep - Spherical Coordinates and Spherical Trigonometry 08 Sep - Fundamental Astronomy & Corrections to Positions 10 Sep - Precession & Nutation; General issues of Signal-to-Noise 15 Sep - Optics, Geometrical - multiple elements, stops, pupils, telescopes 17 Sep - " " " 22 Sep - Optics - Fermat's principle, aberrations, and real telescopes 24 Sep - " " " 29 Sep - Finish real telescopes 01 Oct - Fourier theory of apertures 02 Oct - Using Fourier transforms (rescheduled to cover future absence Oct 13) 06 Oct - " " " 08 Oct - Applying Fourier transforms to real telescopes 13 Oct - out for DPS meeting Oct 13, 15 15 Oct - Basic Radio Astronomy 20 Oct - Interferometers 22 Oct - " 27 Oct - Aperture Synthesis & U-V plane 29 Oct - " " 03 Nov - Spectral Analysis - Autocorrelation, filters, FTS, Fabry-Perot, grating 05 Nov - " " 10 Nov - " " 12 Nov - " " 17 Nov - " " out for observing, Nov 17,19 19 Nov - Detectors - general considerations 24 Nov - Detectors - radio, ir, optical, uv, xray, etc. 01 Dec - " 03 Dec - " 08 Dec - " 10 Dec - " 18 Dec, 0800-1000 - Final ExamThe above schedule will be periodically updated to show classes that have been resecheduled and/or shifts in material covered.
Updated:1998 Aug 31, mfa