The AstroLab is a level 3 option of the BSc/MPhys Physics degree courses (including the BSc/MPhys Physics and Astronomy course) in which students undertake projects in observational astronomy using the telescopes on the roof of the Physics building. The projects are term based and are equivalent to three laboratory sessions of three hours per week over a term. All projects are based on the assumption that observations will be obtained on at least seven evenings during the term. A typical observing session would be two hours.
The overall aim of the Level 3 Laboratory Course is to allow students to build on the experience in experimental physics gained in the previous years in the Department by carrying out an advanced project and producing a scientific report. The AstroLab section offers a variety of observational astronomy projects which focus on the dynamical nature of the universe. The AstroLab objectives are
A list of typical projects for the AstroLab are given below. Note that we regularly update our projects, so those available in a particular term may not exactly correspond to this list.
For information regarding current projects please go to: http://community.dur.ac.uk/physics.astrolab/index.html.
As well as following the general health and safety guides for level 3 laboratories, AstroLab students must also adhere to regulations regarding the use of the physics department roof. Additionally, further information regarding the use of the Astrolab facilities and Computing facilities must be observed.
A comprehensive list of procedures that must be followed in the AstroLab can be found here: http://community.dur.ac.uk/physics.astrolab/obs_notes.html.
For more information including dynamic telescope and weather data as well as other supporting material please go to: http://community.dur.ac.uk/physics.astrolab/index.html.