PREREQUISITE: MAP-UA 202 OR ABOVE, PHYS-UA7 OR ABOVE, OR PERMISSION OF THE INSTRUCTOR FOR NON-SCIENCE MAJORS AND MINORS; NO PREREQUISITE REQUIED FOR SCIENCE MAJORS AND MINORS OR THOSE AUTOMATICALLY SATISFYING NSI REQUIREMENTS.
Introduction to the theory and practice of technical amateur astronomy. The approach is hands-on, with weekly evening laboratory/observing sessions. Topics include astronomical coordinate systems, optics, how to use a telescope, and the phenomena that can be seen in the urban night sky. Observing sessions involve the use of eight-inch telescopes.