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ASTRONOMY 12 (Astronomy Laboratory)

1 unit; 3 hours lab
Prerquisite: Astronomy 20 or Astronomy 25 with a minimum grade of C or concurrent enrollment Credit, degree applicable Transfer CSU, UC*

The astronomy laboratory provides students with an introduction to the observation of the sky with telescopes, binoculars, and the unaided eye. The student will become familiar with the principles of set up and operation of telescopes and use them to view the Moon, the Sun, planets, stars, star clusters, and nebulae. The student will use the principles of astronomy to interpret their observations. Students will also learn to identify the bright stars and major constellations visible in California.

Note: This course is offered only at night.
*Note: Astronomy 12 must be taken concurrently with or after completion of Astronomy 20 or Astronomy 25 for UC transfer credit.

Students looking over a telescope


The astronomy lab is equipped with Celestron Celestar 8 telescopes. These are 8 inch f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes on equatorial fork mounts.

Students can also view through the 16" observatory telescope.

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 Last Published 3/27/15