News

  • Course Schedule Page

  • Evening sessions are no longer meeting. Contact Dylan, Matt, or Mike directly if you want help with anything.
  • Day assignment 5 is due May 9.
  • Lab 5 is due May 5.

  • APO Observing is scheduled for the evening of Friday May 6. Our observing window spans 10:00 p.m. EDT through 3:10 a.m. EDT. We need to be set up and ready by 9:00 EDT, especially if we want to get calibration observations before the night starts (also in the infrared we can start earlier than 10:00 p.m. - Nautical Twilight is good enough for TripleSpec).
    • Your attendance is required unless you have a pre-approved (very good) excuse.


Textbook: There will be two books used regularly to provide supporting readings and reference for the course (as well as a couple of others used occasionally). The Astronomy Department will hold a few copies of each book on reserve mitigating the need to purchase both. If you wish to purchase on or the other the thumbnail images below are linked to the Amazon pages that enable the purchase of new or used copies.

Observational Astronomy
by D. Scott Birney   
  To Measure the Sky
by Fredrick R. Chromey   

Key Reference:
McCormick/Fan Observatory Manual - PDF - HTML

Course Information:

Course Topics and Schedule Course Requirements/Syllabus
Lecture Notes

  • Science:

  • Tools:

  • References (see also reference's to Majewski's past notes on the course schedule page:

  • Weather:

  • Fun Stuff: