Astronomy 129: Astronomy I Lab

Section L5 Fall 2010


Lab Day:  Monday

Location: Science Center, room 108

Time: 7:00-10:00PM (section L5)



Instructor: Dr. George Chartas

Office: 129 SCIC

Office hours: MWF 3:00-4:00 pm

Phone: (843) 953-3609







30 Aug

Introduction to Lab, Safety Guidelines, Tour of Observing Deck

Lab Chapter 4 (Constellations, Star Names, and Star Charts)

Lab Chapter 2 (Angular Size)


6 Sept

Lab Chapter 5 (Celestial Coordinates)

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

Lab Chapter 3 (Field of View)


13 Sept

Lab Chapter 11: Observing Techniques I (Fall)

For non-observing conditions the lab will be Chapter 8 (The Rotating Star Chart) and Lab Chapter 21

 20 Sept

Lab Chapter 22: Observing Techniques II (Fall)

For non-observing conditions the lab will be Chapter 13 (Phases) and Chapter 14 (Eclipses and Shadows)

27 Sept

Chapter 17 (Solar System Motions and Alignments)


4 Oct

Chapter 18 (KeplerŐs Law)


11 Oct



18 Oct

Lab Chapter 8 (The Rotating Star Chart),  Lab Chapter 21


25 Oct

Chapter 13 (Phases), Chapter 14 (Eclipses and Shadows)


1 Nov

Mission to Europa (handout)


8 Nov

Chapter 15 (Lunar Features)



15 Nov

Video: "Blue Planet"; Quiz: Essay on video; Chapter 20 Greenhouse Effect


22 Nov

Chapter 19 (Mass of Jupiter)


29 Nov

Video: "Life Beyond Earth: Are We Alone?, Discussion of Extraterrestrial Life (handout)


6 Dec

Make-up lab