Course and Lab Work
Students use the 24-inch telescope in the Observational Techniques seminar (Astro 121) and for labs in Astrophysics: Stars, ISM, and Galaxies (Astro 16) and in Astrophysics: Exoplanets and Cosmology (Astro 14). We use it occasionally in the Advanced Lab course for physics majors (Phys 81) and in Introductory Astronomy (Astro 1) where we use six 8-inch telescopes more regularly.
Here are two images of Jupiter and its four moons, taken by two groups of Physics 5 students, 20 minutes apart. Can you see one moon disappear behind the planet?
And you can see some recreational images the Astro 16 students took in fall 2014: the Crab Nebula, the Andromeda Galaxy, the Orion Nebula, and the Moon (in the ultraviolet, U band).