Cannot be taken with: PHY241

Aims/Description: This masters module equips the student with the knowledge and skills needed to carry out research in observational astronomy. Students will learn the skills necessary to plan, obtain and analyse optical imaging data of astronomical objects and then carry out research projects using the 16-inch telescope in Sheffield and the robotic telescope on La Palma. Taught topics include astronomical telescopes, instrumentation, electronic detectors and data analysis in the Python computing language.

Restrictions on availability: Only available to students on the Astronomy MSc programme

Teaching Methods: Lectures, Laboratory work, Fieldwork, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam, Course work, Vivavoce

Information on the department responsible for this unit (Physics and Astronomy):

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Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK