In addition to the descriptions of the labs, the following handouts provide additional background information that will be helpful. The handouts are listed in the approximate order that they will be used.




What is a lab report?

What is "Show and Tell"?

Numerical methods & computer arithmetic


Spectrometer basics

Fitting a straight line


Maximum likelihood

Astronomical coordinates & telescopes


Starlight, photoelectrons, & centroids


Introduction to CCDs


CCD Noise


Error in the centroid


General linear least squares