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    Virginia Military Institute
  Jan 23, 2018
2017-2018 Academic Catalogue

AT 301 - Observational Techniques

Lecture Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 2
Credit Hours: 4

Designed to provide a survey of astronomical tools and techniques used to obtain and understand astronomical data. Emphasis placed on photoelectric photometry to measure brightnesses and colors of variable stars. Other topics will include astronomical photography, spectroscopy, positional astronomy, and electronics for astronomy. Assignments will include some use of the computer, and the observatory's 20-inch reflecting telescope will be used with various instruments. (Offered first semester only.) Note: Satisfies core curriculum science requirement. Prerequisite(s): AT 201  or permission of the instructor. When Offered: Offered every other year in fall.