Astro-lab Winter term 2019/2020

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 17 2019 can be found here.

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 17 - 28 2020, 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 2019/2020. 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 2019/2020 are offered:

Date Start Observer Comments Assistant
28. 10. 16:30h Greve, Himmelstierna, Stehmeier, Bolik, Förnzler, Ziegler Clouds Kaminski
28. 10. 19:30h Gabriel, Richter, Özkara, Mühlnikel, Krastel, Paus Clouds Kaminski
29. 10. 16:30h Sedzielewski, Timmer, Nenninger, Zeitler, Hof, Beier Clouds Kaminski
29. 10. 19:30h Xing, Grimm, Hohmann, Matzke, Eppler, Vorobyev Clouds Kaminski
30. 10. 16:30h Glass, Fix, Zheng, Schosser, Striebel, Walendy Clouds Kaminski
30. 10. 19:30h Schock, Lewerenz, Joschko, Reichert, Wendland, Chazotte Clouds Kaminski
4. 11. 16:30h Sivagnanalingam, Yildiz, Dohrmann, Weis, Stoll, Greis Clouds Kaminski
4. 11. 19:30h Paternoster, Lauer, Boecker, Gabriel, Richter, Özkara Clouds Kaminski
5. 11. 16:30h Wiedemann, Ach, T.-S. Krause, Bischoff, Ziegler, Zheng rain Kaminski
5. 11. 19:30h L. Krause, Xing, Schosser, Greve, Zeitler, Hof rain Kaminski
6. 11. 16:30h Borchert, Kundy, Knaack, von Klitzing, Kontor, Glass rain Kaminski
6. 11. 19:30h Grass, Cello, Grimm, Hohmann, Matzke, Mühlnickel rain Kaminski
11. 11. 16:30h Schock, Himmelstierna, Stehmeier, Bolik, Förnzler, Striebel rain Kaminski
11. 11. 19:30h Eppler, Krastel, Wendland, Chazotte, Xing, Schosser rain Kaminski
12. 11. 16:30h Paus, Vorobyev, von Milczewski, Klein, Breuhaus, Ziegler clouds Kaminski
12. 11. 19:30h Sedzielewski, Timmer, Nenninger, Lewerenz, Wiedemann, Greve clouds Kaminski
13. 11. 16:30h Fix, Joschko, Reichert, Kuntz, Glass, Zheng rain Kaminski
13. 11. 19:30h Borchert, Hof, Grimm, Hohmann, Matzke, Mühlnickel rain Kaminski
25. 11. 16:30h T.-L. Krause, Greis, Dohrmann, Yildiz, Lauer, Boecker clouds Kaminski
25. 11. 19:30h Gabriel, Richter, Özkara, Schosser, Krastel, Ziegler clouds Kaminski
26. 11. 16:30h Zeitler, Ach, Sivagnanalingam, Weis, Kontor, Sedzielewski clouds Kaminski
26. 11. 19:30h L. Krause, Paternoster, Glass, Wiedemann, Borchert, Greve fog Kaminski
27. 11. 16:30h Kundy, Knaack, von Klitzing, Maier, Heinz, Xing clouds Kaminski
27. 11. 19:30h Grass, Cello, Schock, Fix, Hof, Grimm clouds Kaminski
2. 12. 16:30h Hopkins, Flores, Himmelstierna, Stehmeier, Striebel, Förnzler clouds Kaminski
2. 12. 19:30h Hohmann, Matzke, Mühlnickel, von Milczewski, Kuntz, Klein clouds Kaminski
3. 12. 16:30h Paus, Timmer, Nenninger, Breuhaus, Schosser, Vorobyev, Ziegler technical problems Kaminski
3. 12. 19:30h Lewerenz, Greve, Schock, L. Krause, Dohrmann, Wiedemann clear Kaminski
4. 12. 16:30h Bolik, Eppler, Joschko, Reichert, Chazotte, Wendland clear Kaminski
4. 12. 19:30h Borchert, Fix, Kundy, Maier, Xing, Zeitler clear Kaminski
9.12. 16:30h Yildiz, Boecker, Sivagnanalingam, Lauer, Stehmeier, Förnzler - Kaminski
9.12. 19:30h Gabriel, Richter, Greis, Kontor, Özkara, Hopkins - Kaminski
10. 12. 16:30h Sedzielewski, Hof, Ziegler, Vorobyev, von Milczewski, Breuhaus - Kaminski
10. 12. 19:30h Grimm, Krastel, Heinz, Tharwat, Hohmann, Müehlnickel - Kaminski
11. 12. 16:30h Glass, Knaack, von Klitzing, Himmelstierna, Wendland, Kuntz - Kaminski
11. 12. 19:30h Paternoster, Grass, Cello, Weis, Klein, Lugauer - Kaminski
16. 12. 16:30h - - Kaminski
16. 12. 19:30h Matzke - Kaminski
17. 12. 16:30h T.-S. Krause - Kaminski
17. 12. 19:30h - - Kaminski
18. 12. 16:30h Striebel - Kaminski
18. 12. 19:30h Kiefer - Kaminski

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 2020.

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 28. 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 Adrian Kaminski , Phone: 0171 - 9118345 (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 2020.

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


Astro-lab PhD students: February 17 - 28, 2020

Dates: Monday, February 17 through Friday, February 28 2020, full day, starts at 8:45 AM daily

Astro-lab Bachelor students WPAstro3:

Alternatively February 17 - 21 or February 24 - 28, 2020.

Dates: Monday, February 17 through Friday, February 21 2020, full day, starts at 8:45 AM daily

Dates: Monday, February 24 through Friday, February 28 2020, full day, starts at 8:45 AM daily

Astro-lab Master students MVAstro1/MVSpec

Alternatively February 17 - 21 or February 24 - 28 2020.

Dates: Monday, February 17 through Friday, February 21 2020, full day, starts at 8:45 AM daily

Dates: Monday, February 24 through Friday, February 28 2020, full day, starts at 8:45 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, Adrian Kaminski 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). Adrian Kaminski 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 be held from September 28 - October 9 2020. 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: 21. 11. 2019