Astro-lab Winter term 2017/2018

Change of location: the astrolab from February 19 - March 9 2018 will be held this time at the
Seminar room 106 at the Philosophenweg 12 !!!!!
The working hours are from 9.00am - 5.00pm, Lunch break is from 12.30pm - 1.30pm

Important note: Due to the large demand the astro-lab is booked full for the first two weeks from February 19 - 23 and from February 26 - March 2. At present, we can put interested candidates for this weeks on a waiting list only. This means also that we can not accommodate more PhD students.
Pls. consider to attend the next astrolab from October 1 - 12 2018 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.

Observations with the 70cm telescope resume as of January 2018. New observing dates are Jan 8-10, 15-17, 22-24 and 29-31 as well as Feb 5-7 and 12-13. The observations start from Jan 8-24 at 16.30h/19.30h and from Jan 29 - Feb 13 at 17.30h/20.30h, respectively. The directions on how to go up / go down for the groups starting at 16.30h, 17.30 and 19.30h are detailed below. After 20h there is no public transport to the LSW, but you may use the Ruftaxi instead. It runs at 20.10h from the Bismarkplatz a few meters west of the Kiosk at the center of the Bismarkpatz (NOT from the normal Taxi stand). Similarly to the trip down, you must call 302030 at least 30min before and call a Ruftaxi to the Landessternwarte.
Plese indicate your availability via DOODLE here.

Note: As part of the astro-lab to be held from February 19 - March 9 2017, 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 2017/2018. 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 2017/2018 are offered:

Date Start Observer Comments Assistant
30. 10. 16:30h Bosco, Glaser, Heim, Albrecht, Späth cloudy Gieser
30. 10. 19:30h Eberhardt, Richter, Günes, Kapinskaya, Pakula, Schöner cloudy Gieser
31. 10. 16:30h Majowski, Herter, Kluge, Marx cloudy Gieser
31. 10. 19:30h Siovitz, Christ, Gries cloudy Gieser
6. 11. 16:30h Leidner, Porosova, Müller, Seiler, Haidisch, Pauly cloudy Gieser
6. 11. 19:30h Surajbali, Piotter, Peltz, Baldy, Wider, Danneker cloudy Gieser
7. 11. 16:30h Liang, Santek, Lacedelli, Bunjes, Feiz, Völk cloudy Gieser
7. 11. 19:30h Stanojevic, Roth, Fischer, Späth, Heim, Richter cloudy Gieser
8. 11. 16:30h Bosco, Albrecht, Herter, Kluge, Gries cloudy Gieser
8. 11. 19:30h Kapinskaya, Glaser, Marx, Günes, Gries, Ostertag cloudy Gieser
8. 1. 16:30h Porosova, Schöner, Ostertag, Pauli, Müller, Indinemao cloudy Gieser
8. 1. 19:30h Dardoufas, Rettig, Liang, Heim, Stanojevic, Voss cloudy Gieser
9. 1. 16:30h Breunig, Peltz, Lacedelli, Bosco, Münch cloudy Gieser
9. 1. 19:30h Piotter, Schnell, Bunjes, Kluge, Herter cloudy Gieser
10. 1. 16:30h Leidner, Danneker, Rubner, Kiesel, Weisenhorn, Pakula cloudy Gieser
10. 1. 19:30h Kaiser, Peters, Volk, Kapinskaya, Glaser cloudy Gieser
15. 1. 16:30h Kreft, Wider, Baldy, Zangl, Breunig, Pekozsoy cloudy Gieser
15. 1. 19:30h Surajbali, Peltz, Stanojevic, Münch, Indinemao, Lacedelli rain Gieser
16. 1. 16:30h Christian, Porosova, Voss, Peters, Heim, Schöner rain Gieser
16. 1. 19:30h Kaiser, Müller, Liang, Bunjes, Bosco, Schnell rain Gieser
17. 1. 16:30h Danneker, Pakula, Nguyen, Feiz, Glaser, Volk cloudy Gieser
17. 1. 19:30h Pauly, Piotter, Ostertag, Kapinskaya, Kluge, Herter cloudy Gieser
22. 1. 16:30h Majowski, Leidner, Schnell, Kreft, Liang, Müller rain Gieser
22. 1. 19:30h Weisenhorn, Stanojevic, Kluge, Herter, Kaiser, Peters rain Gieser
23. 1. 16:30h Kirchhoff, Meyke, Ehring, Pekoszoy, Porosova, Volk cloudy Gieser
23. 1. 19:30h Ostertag, Lacedelli, Pauly, Kapinskaya, Glaser, Voss cloudy Gieser
24. 1. 16:30h Danneker, Pakula, Wider, Baldy, Bosco, Surajbali cloudy Gieser
24. 1. 19:30h Zebergs, Hübner, Piotter, Muench, Feiz, Christian cloudy Gieser
29. 1. 17:30h Schöner, Heim, Indinemao, Zangl, Pekoszoy, Danneker cloudy Gieser
29. 1. 20:30h Stanojevic, Surajbali, Pauly, Ostertag cloudy Gieser
30. 1. 17:30h Pakula, Bosco, Müller, Weisenhorn, Schnell, Münch cloudy Gieser
30. 1. 20:30h Kreft, Kluge, Herter, Lacedelli, Christian cloudy Gieser
31. 1. 17:30h Nguyen, Wider, Baldy, Porosova, Gries rain Gieser
31. 1. 20:30h Piotter, Liang, Zebergs, Huebner rain Gieser
5. 2. 17:30h Heim, Bosco, Pauly, Schöner, Zündel, clear Gieser
5. 2. 20:30h - - Gieser
6. 2. 17:30h Kluge, Herter, Breidenbach, Lacedelli, Müller, Porosova clear Gieser
6. 2. 20:30h - - Gieser
7. 2. 17:30h Münch, Indinemao, Kreft, Pauly, Semenov, Schnell cloudy Gieser
7. 2. 20:30h - - Gieser
12. 2. 17:30h Kaiser, Majowski, Glaser, Indinemao, Porosova Partly cloudy Gieser
12. 2. 20:30h Ostertag, Voss, Kapinskaya, Münch Partly cloudy Gieser
13. 2. 17:30h Volk, Danneker, Liang, Pakula, Zündel, Semenov Clear Gieser
13. 2. 20:30h Rubner, Kiesel, Zebergs, Hübner, Schnell Clear Gieser

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 2018.

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 30. On October 26 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 Caroline Gieser , Phone: 0157-89199242

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 on the questions. 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 2018.

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


Astro-lab staatsexamen, diploma and PhD students: February 19 - March 2, 2018

Dates: Monday, February 19 through Friday, March 2 2017, full day, starts at 9:15 AM daily

Astro-lab Bachelor students WPAstro3:

Alternatively February 19 - 23, February 26 - March 2, or March 5 - 9 2018.

Dates: Monday, February 19 through Friday, February 23 2018, full day, starts at 9:15 AM daily

Dates: Monday, February 26 through Friday, March 2 2018, full day, starts at 9:15 AM daily

Dates: Monday, March 5 through Friday, March 9 2018, full day, starts at 9:15 AM daily

Astro-lab Master students MVAstro1:

Alternatively February 19 - 23 or February 26 - March 2 2018.

Dates: Monday, February 19 through Friday, February 23 2018, full day, starts at 9:15 AM daily

Dates: Monday, February 26 through Friday, March 2 2018, 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, Caroline Gieser 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). Caroline Gieser 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 October 1 - 12 2018. 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 itselfs.

Maintained by Jochen Heidt
Last modified: 18. 1. 2018