Astro-lab Summer term 2024 from September 23 - 27 and from October 7 - 11 2024

April 30 2024: The astrolab from Sep 23 - 27 and from Oct 7 - 11 2024 is booked full now. In case you would like to take part you can be put on the waiting list only.

You MUST register with your University account (Bachelor/Master students) or your institute account (PhD students). Registrations with E-mail addresses eg using gmail, gmx or other provider will _NOT_ be accepted and simply be ignored!!!

The preliminary list of participants.

Notes on the astrolab to be held from September 23 - 27 and from October 7 - 11 2024:

  • The astrolab has been split into two separate weeks interlaced by a week off to cope with the German Unity day on October 3.
  • The E-mail with the confirmation of participation will be mailed out by the end of August 2024. It will contain further details about the outline.
  • We will offer observations with the 70cm telescope during the astrolab. Observations will be voluntarily, they are not required for a successfull participation. Information on this will be circulated with the confirmation E-mail end of August.

If you have any question, please send me an E-mail at jheidt at


Astro-lab PhD students: September 23 - 27 and October 7 - 11 2023

Full day, starts at 8:45 AM daily

Astro-lab Bachelor students WPAstro3 (requirement WPAstro1):

Alternatively, September 23 through Friday, September 27 or Monday, October 7 through Friday, October 11 2024.

Full day, starts at 8:45 AM daily.

Astro-lab Master students MVAstro1 or MVSpec:

Alternatively, September 23 through Friday, September 27 or Monday, October 7 through Friday, October 11 2024.

Full day, starts at 8:45 AM daily.

Registration required!

  • Ms Wright, LSW Heidelberg, Tel: 06221 - 541781 or online (preferred). If the former, please provide address, phone number and course (PhD, Bachelor or Master). In case of Bachelor or Master, pls. provide also the week preferred and matrikel number. If you are from a different faculty, please provide this information in the "additional remarks" section.

  • Further information:

  • Procedure: There is no special preparation for the astro-lab required. Altogether 10 tasks will be offered. An introduction to the tasks and an outline of the astrolab in autumn 2023 can be found in this document. During the one-week astro-lab about 2-4, during the 2-week astro-lab about 6-8 tasks shall be worked on in groups of two (scripts will be given on site or be made downloadable from the WEB). 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 Tasks 1 and 11 dedicated notebooks are available. Knowledge of SW-tools like Origin, Excel or Gnuplot to e.g. fit functions to data would be an asset.

  • Due to space constraints the number of participants is limited to 40 students per week.

    The dates for the next astrolab during the Winter term 2024/2025 are from February 17 - 28, 2025. If you prefer to take part during this period, send me an E-Mail. You will be put on a pre-registration list and be informed and allowed to register for that event before it is made public. Your participation will be guaranteed!

    Maintained by Jochen Heidt
    Last modified: 5. 4. 2024