Practical Courses

Practical Courses

Preliminary remarks:

The practical education was designed to be taken in an order but can also be gained through separate projects. One exception is the last lecture “Advanced Observation Techniques of Astrophysics”. Since the use of the 1m-telescopes of the C2PU require a certain level of knowledge, students are expected to attend an individual instruction seminar in Oldenburg. The scope and content of which is based on the level of knowledge of the group.

Some of the following blocks are part of lectures. Accordingly, we are only providing information on the minimal requirements. The figures on this site show the utilized instruments and give an impression of the observation results.

Block 1: Fundamentals of visual night sky observations

Corresponding Course: Tutorials within the lecture 5.04.342 Astrophysik

Learning Objective:  

  • Basic Knowledge of the night sky
  • Application of planetarium software
  • Preparing observation plans for a certain location and time
  • Fundamentals of astrophotography
  • Use of various types of telescope
    • Refracting telescope
    • Newton telescope
    • Maksutov telescope



Block 2: Utilization of parallactic and robotic telescopes

Corresponding Course: Experiment in Fortgeschrittenen Praktikum Bachelor or Lab-Projekt II

Learning Objective:

  • Independent assembly and use of parallactic telescopes 
    • Orientation 
    • Choosing alignment stars 
    • Finding objects 
  • Use of robotic telescopes on Tenerife, in Chile, Australia or the US 
  • Fundamentals of astronomical image processing 
    • Properties of CCD Imager 
    • SNR, background modelling, alignment, stacking, color calibration, and intensity transformation 
  • Preparing observation plans with a planetarium software 
  • Creating a catalog of 3 selected objects and imaging them

Block 3: Use of remote controlled telescopes for photometry, astrometry, and orbit determination

Corresponding Course: Fortgeschrittenen-Praktikum Master or i.e. Tools and Skills in Engineering Physics

Learning objectives:

  • Use of remote telescopes in
    • Oldenburg
    • Australia / USA
  • Focus on advanced processing techniques in astrophysics
    • Photometry
    • Astrometry
  • Orbit determination of minor planets / comets in agreement with the Minor Planet Center of the astronomical union standard (IAU Minor Planet Center)

Block 4: Excursion to the Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur, C2PU

Corresponding Course: Vertiefende Beobachtungstechniken der Astrophysik (5.04.4644)

Learning Objective:

  • Use of professional telescopes with a 1m diameter mirror 
  • Planning of project and science oriented observation campaigns 
    • Example: 
      • Commissioning a spectrometer 
      • Observing an active asteroid 
      • Advanced astrophotography 

Note: The excursion expenses for food and accommodation amount to a maximum of 100 € plus travel expenses. We cannot guarantee that the university can cover all costs which might have to be paid by the participants.

(Changed: 2021-05-21)