- Introduction to astronomical coordinate systems
- Principles of telescopic imaging
- Principles of photographic imaging
- Film properties and processing
- Digital Astrophotography: equipment, operation, lenses, detectors.
- Principles of CCD imaging
- Principles of CCD data reduction
- Photometry and colours: filters, standard photometric systems.
- Properties of astronomical targets: point and extended objects, point and surface brightness, spectrum distribution, sky brightness, atmospheric emission and scattering.
- Future trends in astronomical observing
- Discussion forum/Discussion Board
- Embedded Multimedia
- Online Quizzes/Tests
- Online assignment submission
- Podcasting/Lecture capture
- Web links
You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
You are recommended to have completed the following subjects(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this subject:
No special requirements
This subject will discuss the principles behind the imaging of astronomical objects with telescopes, conventional cameras and CCD cameras, plus the use of computer techniques for image processing. It will focus particularly on techniques and equipment within reach of the serious amateur astronomer.
- Online tests (20%)
- Newsgroups (30%)
- Project (50%)
Textbook information is pending.