Observing excursions

Asiago 2023

Eleven students of Innsbruck University participated in an excursion to the Asiago Astrophysical Observatory (Italy, operated by the University of Padova) between April 12th and April 15th, 2023.
In addition to training in data analysis techniques and the use of smaller telescopes, the students in particular conducted observations of galaxies and quasars using the 122cm Galileo Telescope (see picture).

This yearly course is primarily directed at physics students who already followed an introductory astrophysics class, but who have not yet gathered major observing experience.
Given its focus on the observation of extra-galactic sources it is highly complementary to the Advanced Laboratory Class: Telescope, in which the 60cm telescope of the Institute for Astro- and Particle Physics of Innsbruck University is used to observe primarily galactic sources.

For advanced students the University of Innsbruck additionally offers an Scientific astronomical observing excursion.
In the summer semester 2023 spectroscopic observations with the 254cm Isaac Newton Telescope on La Palma are planned as part of this course, which will be followed by Near Infrared observations conducted using the 350cm CAHA telescope at Calar Alto Observatory in the winter semester 2023/2024.

Students and teachers standing in front of the 122cm Galileo telescope at the observing excursion to the Asiago Astrophysical Observatory in April 2023.
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