Training in Astronomical Spectroscopy

With support from the National Science Foundation Program for Research and Training with Small Telescopes (NSF-PREST), Ritter Observatory provides training for undergraduate and graduate students in spectroscopic observing and data reduction and analysis.

Amber Ferguson and Jennifer L. Lozier participated in the training during the week of May 1-5, 2006. Both had just completed their junior year as physics and astronomy majors at Mount Union College (Alliance, OH).

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In the telescope control room, Amber Ferguson types information for the image header of the spectrum about to be taken.

Toledo Ph. D. student Greg Thompson, a PREST project staff member, shows Amber and Jen how to guide the telescope, keeping the star image positioned on the optical fiber tip as displayed on the computer screen.

Jennifer Lozier guides the telescope.

Amber and Jennifer at the telescope console computer (in gray cabinet at right), moving the telescope to a new star.

Latest update to this page: 5/28/06

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