Astro-lab October 2016


The current list of participants can be found here.




Important note1: Unfortunately, the astro-lab is already fully booked. Due to a limited seat capacity and in order to allow all participants to carry out observations with the 70cm telescope, the number of participants is limited to 30 students per week. At present, anybody, who still would like to attend will be put on a waiting list and can only take part if somebody withdraws. In case we have a large number of students on the waiting list, we will try to organize a 3rd week astrolab (potentially September 26-30). If all fails and an applicant can still be not accepted, his participation during one of the following astro-labs (at his own choice) is guaranteed.
Important note2: As part of the astro-lab observations will be carried out with the 70cm telescope of the Landessternwarte Heidelberg. Since weather is normally pretty good in October, they will be offered throughout the course.


Astro-lab staatsexamen, diploma and PhD students: October 4 - 14 2016
Dates: Tuesday, October 4 through Saturday, October 8 and October 10 through Friday, October 14 2016.
Full day, starts at 9:15 AM daily

Astro-lab Bachelor students WPAstro3:

Alternatively Tuesday, October 4 - Saturday, October 8 or Monday, October 10 - Friday, October 14 2016.
Full day, starts at 9:15 AM daily.


Astro-lab Master students MVAstro1:

Alternatively Tuesday, October 4 - Saturday, October 8 or Monday, October 10 - Friday, October 14 2016.
Full day, starts at 9:15 AM daily.

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

  • Registration required!
    • 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 matrikel number.

  • 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 4-5, 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

  • Also useful (but not a requirement): 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 astro-lab will take place from February 20 until March 3 2017.


Maintained by Jochen Heidt
Last modified: 2. 5. 2016