Astronomy 129: Astronomy I Lab

Section L1 Fall 2012


Lab Day:  Monday

Location: Science Center, room 126

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



Instructor: Dr. George Chartas

Office: 129 RHSC

Office hours: MWF 2:45-3:45 pm

Phone: (843) 953-3609







27 Aug

Introduction to Lab, Safety Guidelines, Tour of Observing Deck

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

Lab Chapter 2 (Angular Size)


3 Sept

Lab Chapter 5 (Celestial Coordinates)

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

Lab Chapter 3 (Field of View)


10 Sept

Lab Chapter 11: Observing Techniques I (Fall)

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

 17 Sept

Lab Chapter 25: Observing Techniques II (Fall)

For non-observing conditions the lab will be Lab Chapter 14

24 Sept

Lab Chapter 14 (Solar System Motions and Alignments)


1 Oct

Lab Chapter 15 (KeplerŐs Law)


8 Oct

Lab Chapter 8 (The Rotating Star Chart),  Lab Chapter 9 (RSC Outdoors)


15 Oct

Fall Break!


22 Oct

Lab Chapter 20 (The Moon)


29 Oct

Mission to Europa (handout)


5 Nov

Lab Chapter 20 (Lunar Features)



12 Nov

Lab Chapter 22 (Greenhouse Effect)


19 Nov

Lab Chapter 23 (Mass of Jupiter)


26 Nov

(1) Video: Universe – The Sun; (2) Ch. 17 Solar Discovery


3 Dec

Make-up lab