Astro-lab Winter term 2018/2019

Change of location: the astrolab from February 18 - March 1 2019 will be held this time in the
seminar room 106 at the Philosophenweg 12 !!!!!

Astrolab material for download and nice pics taken with the 70cm telescope can be found here .

The astrolab procedure in a nutshell. The presentation on the astrolab at the end of the first lecture on Introduction to Astronomy and Astrophics held on Oct 18 2018 can be found here.

Important note: Due to the large demand the astro-lab is booked full at present. We can put interested candidates on a waiting list only.
Pls. consider to attend the next astrolab from Septemer 30 - October 11 2019 instead. If you are interested to attend pls. drop me an E-Mail at jheidt at I will put you on a preregistration list and will make sure that you can attend. Observations with the 70cm telescope for the astrolab in autumn are taking place during the astrolab itself.

The current list of participants can be found here.

The current preregistration list can be found here.

Note: As part of the astro-lab to be held from February 18 - March 1 2019, observations will be carried out with the 70cm telescope of the Landessternwarte Heidelberg. Since weather is normally pretty poor in February/March, the observations will be performed during the lecture period in the Winter-term 2018/2019. Observing sessions are offered Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday. Since we suffered from bad weather in previous Winter seasons (mostly only a few nights of the 30 nights offered were useful) we will - as during last Winter - carry out the observations with two groups, with at least 4 and up to 6 students each back to back. The first group at a given day is at the telescope from 16.30h - 19:30h, the second group from 19:30h - 22.30h.

The following dates in Winter 2018/2019 are offered:

Date Start Observer Comments Assistant
29. 10. 16:30h Natho, Staudt, Schumacher, Zimmermann, Grefkes, Lutz cloudy Heeren
29. 10. 19:30h Schier, Perrot, Fix, Kruse, Bergmann, Weidner cloudy Heeren
30. 10. 16:30h Günter, M. Jost, Diederich, J. Jost, Bothe, Philipp cloudy Heeren
30. 10. 19:30h Vichtl, Amberg, Li, Rall, Lange, Külheim cloudy Heeren
31. 10. 16:30h Steiner, Zhukov, Neubauer, Heinemann, Kuhn, Al-Bazaz cloudy Heeren
31. 10. 19:30h Santek, Schirra, Koenekamp, Wicker, Hanne, Mader cloudy Heeren
5. 11. 16:30h Wright, Steiner, Zukhov, Häcker, Schumacher, Cerny clear Heeren
5. 11. 19:30h Wolfgramm, Adrian Schirra, Perrot, Könekamp, Wicker, Herz clear Heeren
6. 11. 16:30h Amberg, Neubauer, J. Jost, Al-Bazaz, M. Jost, Schumacher partly cloudy Heeren
6. 11. 19:30h Li, Rall, Kruse, Bergmann, Mader, Grefkes cloudy Heeren
7. 11. 16:30h Meiners, Warmuth, Vichtl, Schier, Karle cloudy Heeren
7. 11. 19:30h Santek, Lutz, Günter, Diederich, Heinemann, Kühlheim rain Heeren
12. 11. 16:30h Santek, Grefkes, Meiners, Heinemann, Doll, Meister cloudy Heeren
12. 11. 19:30h Natho, Staudt, Zimmermann, Weidner, Lange rain Heeren
13. 11. 16:30h Bothe, Hanne, Diederich, Ji, M. Jost, Günter partly cloudy Heeren
13. 11. 19:30h Kristen, Li, Rall, Kruse, Bergmann foggy Heeren
14. 11. 16:30h Kuhn, Vichtl, Warmuth, Schier, Cerny, Politino clear Heeren
14. 11. 19:30h Herz, Mader, Kuelheim, Iuliia foggy Heeren
19. 11. 16:30h Peron, Avramov, Grefkes, Meyer, Doll cloudy Heeren
19. 11. 19:30h Philipp, Kruse, Bergmann, Hanne, M. Jost cloudy Heeren
20. 11. 16:30h Hallmeier, Karle, Starbaty, Meister partly cloudy Heeren
20. 11. 19:30h Li, Rall, Mader, Ji, Kühlheim clear Heeren
21. 11. 16:30h Günter, Heinemann, Weidner, Lange cloudy Heeren
21. 11. 19:30h - - Heeren
26. 11. 16:30h - - Heeren
26. 11. 19:30h Santek, Meyer, Philipp, Kruse, Bergmann cloudy Heeren
27. 11. 16:30h Hanne, M. Jost, Heinemann, Doll cloudy Heeren
27. 11. 19:30h - - Heeren
28. 11. 16:30h Skobleva, Meiners, Weidner, Lange, Matthe cloudy Heeren
28. 11. 19:30h Kristen, Günter, Grefkes, Kühlheim, Avramov rain Heeren
3. 12. 16:30h Grefkes, Avramov, Meyer, Heinemann, Radoslavova rain Heeren
3. 12. 19:30h - - Heeren
4. 12. 16:30h Bothe, Diederich, Hanne, Jost, Guenter foggy Heeren
4. 12. 19:30h Bergmann, Weidner, Lange, Kühlheim foggy Heeren
5. 12. 16:30h Meiners, Peron, Skobleva, Matthe cloudy Heeren
5. 12. 19:30h Kristen, Santek, Philipp, Kruse cloudy Heeren
10. 12. 16:30h Heinemann, Grefkes, Avramov, Doll, Meyer, Radoslavova cloudy Heeren
10. 12. 19:30h Santek, Philipp, Günter, Hanne, Weidner cloudy Heeren
11. 12. 16:30h Natho, Staudt, Zimmermann, Diederich, Bothe cloudy Heeren
11. 12. 19:30h Meiners, Lange, Kuehlheim, Skobleva, Matthe cloudy Heeren
17. 12. 16:30h Heinemann, Grefkes, Peron, Radoslavova cloudy Heeren
17. 12. 19:30h Philipp, Kruse, Avramov, Doll, Meyer cloudy Heeren
18. 12. 16:30h Günter, Diederich, Bothe, Hanne, Doll, Lache, Heinemann clear Heeren
18. 12. 19:30h Jost, Kühlheim, Bergmann, Skobleva, Matthe, Kruse clear Heeren

Logistics and transportation: Meeting point for the observations is at the gate of the Landessternwarte.

If you come by car, pls. leave it just to the right hand side in front of the gate.

For the ones who require public transport to come up, Bus 39 leaving Bismarkplatz every full hour (16/19h) is recommended. Arrival at the Landessternwarte is about 25minutes later. Alternatively you can take the Bus 30 leaving Universitätsplatz at 16.27/19.27, arrival at the Landessternwarte about 12min later.

Going down: Bus 39 leaving at 19.32h or Bus 30 leaving at 19.46h from the Landessternwarte. There is no bus running at times when the 2nd group is done with their observations. Instead a "Ruftaxi" which runs every hour starting at 20.28h from the bus-stop at Landessternwarte has to be used. One has to call 30min in advance (the assistant at the 70cm telescope will take care of this) at 06221-302030 for a reservation. Its free for the ones with a "Semesterticket", otherwise costs are 1,50 Euro per ride/person.

In case not all participants werde able to conduct their observations during the dates offered (e.g. due to bad weather), we will arrange further observing sessions in January 2019.

HowTo: Pls. register online as detailed below. Than pls. indicate via DOODLE all dates, where you would be available for an observing evening. Based on the number of participants and their availability, we will than build groups with a minimum of 4 and up to 6 observers with fixed dates for the observations. Pls. urgently give your cell phone number (if you have one) when registering. At the day of the observations you are scheduled for, you will be called (or get a SMS) by the assistant in charge between 13h and 14h. In addition he will circulate an E-mail. If you do not receive anything on that day, no observations will be carried out (weather).

Registration is now open with the observations starting on October 29. On October 25 the first assignment of observing nights can be found on that page. It will be updated every Thursday.

You can also register at a later stage. Once the first round of scheduled observations is over, new dates for the unsuccessfull groups will be defined as well as observing dates for the participants who have registered later on. The assignment of the dates will always been made based on the DOODLE entries.

The assistant for the observations is Paul Heeren , Phone: 0157 - 8377 4251 (WhatsApp, hardly any cell-phone connection at the Königstuhl)

Preparation and outline of the observations: Pls. download the script for the observations here . For the evening pls. go through it and prepare for the observations by working through section 1.1 (preparing astromical observations). At the begin of the evening you will first get an introduction to the telescope and the CCD-camera by the assistant followed by a discussion on what you have done for the preparation of the evening. The data taken during the night will be reduced and analysed as part of the astro-lab in February/March 2019.

Pls. have warm clothes with you. It can be very cold at the Königstuhl during the night.


Astro-lab PhD students: February 18 - March 1, 2019

Dates: Monday, February 18 through Friday, March 1 2019, full day, starts at 9:15 AM daily

Astro-lab Bachelor students WPAstro3:

Alternatively February 18 - 22 or February 25 - March 1, 2019.

Dates: Monday, February 18 through Friday, February 22 2018, full day, starts at 9:15 AM daily

Dates: Monday, February 25 through Friday, March 1 2019, full day, starts at 9:15 AM daily

Astro-lab Master students MVAstro1/MVSpec

Alternatively February 18 - 22 or February 25 - March 1 2019.

Dates: Monday, February 18 through Friday, February 22 2019, full day, starts at 9:15 AM daily

Dates: Monday, February 25 through Friday, March 1 2019, full day, starts at 9:15 AM daily

  • Location: Landesternwarte Heidelberg
  • Organized by: Prof. Dr. J. Heidt and Prof. Dr. A. Quirrenbach

  • Registration for astrolab
    • Ms Wright, LSW Heidelberg, Tel: 06221 - 541781 or online (preferred). If the former, please provide address, phone number and course (staatsexamen, diploma, PhD, bachelor or master). In case of bachelor or master, pls. provide also the week preferred and matriculation number.

  • Registration for and preparation and execution of observations
    • Pls. indicate your availability for observations with the 70cm telescope via DOODLE . Every Thursday the actual list of observers will be updated and posted above, so check that regularly. On a given day, Paul Heeren will decide between 1pm and 2pm if observations will indeed be carried out (weather dependent) and inform you either via E-Mail or phone. To go up to the Königstuhl you should take the Bus Nr. 39 at 16.00h or 19.00h from the Bismarkplatz, respectively, depending on the session your are assigned to. After the observations you can take the bus Nr. 39 down at 19.30h or the Ruftaxi at 22.28h. The Ruftaxi must be called 30min in advance (06221-302030). Paul Heeren will take care of this. Note that the Ruftaxi is free of charge of you have a semester ticket, otherwise the fee is 1,50 Euro. You should also download the script for this Task and work on it for the preparation of the observations.

  • Further information:

  • Procedure: There is no special preparation for the astro-lab required. Altogether 10 tasks will be offered. An introduction to the tasks can be found here. During the one-week astro-lab about 3-5, during the 2-week astro-lab about 9-10 tasks shall be worked on in groups of two (scripts will be given on site). Individual tasks will be assigned by the organizers. Once a task is completed by an individual group, it will be discussed with one of the responsible assistants. There is no need for a written summary or any homework.

  • Literature: It would be useful to bring your own textbooks, e.g.
    • Schneider: Extragalactic astronomy and cosmology
    • Shu: The Physical Universe, University Science Books

  • Very useful: Bring your own notebook for working on the tasks and/or searches in the internet (WLAN/DHCP available). For the data reduction as part of Task 1 dedicated notebooks are available. Knowledge of SW-tools like Origin, Excel or Gnuplot to e.g. fit functions to data would be an asset.

The next astrolab will tentatively be held from September 30 - October 11 2019 (perhaps one week earlier). If you are interested to attend this astrolab instead, pls. dro me an E-Mail. I will put you on a preregistration list and will make sure that you can attend. Observations for the astrolab in autumn are taking place during the astrolab itself.

Maintained by Jochen Heidt
Last modified: 6. 12. 2018