Astronomy 129: Astronomy I Lab

Section L1 Spring 2018


Lab Day:  Tuesday

Lab Location: School of Sciences and Mathematics Builiding, SSMB 211

Observing Location: Saint Philip Str. Garage, 89 Saint Philip Str.  

On observing nights we will first meet in SSMB 211.

Time: 7:00-10:00PM (section L1)



Lab Instructor: Dr. George Chartas

Office: 206 JC Long

Office hours: TR 3:00-5:30 pm

Phone: (843) 953-3609







16 Jan

Lab Chapter 1: Angular Size and Field of View

Celestron 8”  Telescope Setup Checklist (Telescope Assembly and Finderscope Collimation)


23 Jan

Lab Chapter 2: Celestial Globe


30 Jan

Lab Chapter 3: Moon Phases & Eclipses


 6 Feb

Lab Chapter 4: Solar System Motions and Alignments


13 Feb

Lab Chapter 5: Kepler’s Law


20 Feb

Lab Chapter 6: Polar Axis Alignment

For non-observing conditions the lab will be on Chapter 5: Rotating Star Chart

27 Feb

Lab Chapter 7: Observing Techniques I


6 Mar

Lab Chapter 8: Lunar Features


13 Mar

Lab Chapter 9: Greenhouse Effect


20 Mar

Spring Break


27 Mar

Lab Chapter 10: Pluto I - Image Analysis



3 Apr

Lab Chapter 11:  Solar Discovery


10 Apr

Lab Chapter 12: Observing Techniques II


 17 Apr

Lab Chapter 13: Extrasolar Planets


24 Apr

Reading Day