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Second Year Astronomical Experiments

Students undertake a variety of experiments in the Cardiff University Observatory. In the second year of both the BSc and MPhys courses the students have the option of taking a module on Observational Techniques in Astronomy. In the practical part of this module the students use a variety of astronomical instruments. These include optical and radio telescopes, as well as cameras and spectrometers. This page illustrates a few of these activities.

Undergraduate students Darryl Kilgannon and Jon Hart set up the radio telescope.

Undergraduate students Darryl Kilgannon and Jon Hart set up a radio telescope.

Jonathan Harris at the control console of the spectrograph experiment.

Jonathan Harris at the control console of a spectrograph experiment to classify stars.

Roger Philp at the control console of an experiment to detect meteors.

Roger Philp at the control console of an experiment to detect meteors.

Undergraduate students Catherine Stretch and Sam Rowe  make adjustments to a radio telescope prior to carrying out  radio observations of the Sun

Undergraduate students Catherine Stretch and Sam Rowe make adjustments to a radio telescope prior to carrying out radio observations of the Sun.

Undergraduate students learn how to use the control consoles that remotely operate the optical telescope

Undergraduate students learn how to use the control consoles that remotely operate the optical telescope.