ASTR 511 (O'Connell) Lecture Notes


Here are some tips for graduate students, which I think would be echoed by most of my colleagues, on how to approach research in observational astronomy.

A. Learn to ask the right questions

B. Learn to assess solvability

C. Develop a healthily skeptical outlook

D. Know the scientific background thoroughly

E. Develop skill with ROMPs & SWAGs

F. Track your own progress

G. Take quick advantage of new observational capabilities

H. Learn to write good observing proposals

I. Understand your instruments well

J. Understand analysis techniques well

K. Dealing with computers

L. Dealing with advisors

M. Dealing with groups

N. Publishing

O. Presentations

P. Dealing with teaching

Q. Scientific Discovery, Scientific Careers

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