Astrophotography and CCD Imaging

AST80002 12.5 Credit Points Off-Campus

Duration

  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • Nil hours

2020 teaching periods

Hawthorn

HOL Study Period 1

Dates:
2 Mar 20 - 31 May 20

Results:
30 Jun 20

Last self enrolment:
15 Mar 20

Census:
23 Mar 20

Last withdraw without fail:
17 Apr 20


Corequisites

Nil

Aims and objectives

This unit 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.

Unit Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

1.    Identify and describe the fundamental principles and techniques involved in the imaging of astronomical objects with telescopes, conventional cameras and CCD cameras

2.    Discuss and explain the use of computer techniques for image processing

3.    Recognise the range of optical astronomical targets available to amateur astronomers

4.    Describe and contrast current trends in observing techniques in both amateur and professional astronomy

5.    Use problem solving skills to explain and synthesise solutions to problems in astrophotography and CCD imaging

6.    Design and create a research project using credible sources of astronomical information and research articles and/or observational means

7.    Identify and describe the fundamental principles and techniques involved in the imaging of astronomical objects with telescopes, conventional cameras and CCD cameras