ASTR211-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021

Observational Astronomy

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 July 2021
End Date: Sunday, 14 November 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 1 August 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 1 October 2021


A very hands-on course, with the participation of students in tutorials and all of the assessment by way of practical assignments. The syllabus will include: telescopes, CCDs, filters, general image processing methods, astrometry, coordinate systems, time photometry and spectroscopy. Students will also be exposed to astronomy research, including a field trip to the University of Canterbury Mt. John Observatory where students are expected to carry out their own projects.


(1) ASTR112; and (2) COSC131 or
COSC121. RP: PHYS285


Recommended Preparation

Timetable 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 11:00 - 12:00 Jack Erskine 121
19 Jul - 29 Aug
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 09:00 - 10:00 Jack Erskine 121
19 Jul - 29 Aug
Computer Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 11:00 - 14:00 Rehua 008 Computer Lab (22/7-26/8, 16/9-7/10)
Psychology - Sociology 210 (14/10)
Undercroft 101 (21/10)
19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct

Course Coordinator

Karen Pollard


Byron Engler

Additional Course Outline Information

Academic integrity

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $910.00

International fee $4,438.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Physical & Chemical Sciences on the department and colleges page .

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