Telescope Alignment and Measurement of Field of View Lab

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Telescope Alignment and Measurement of Field of View Lab Parker R. Watson February 6, 2007 Adam Trotter Astronomy 101 Section 412 “I pledge that I have neither given nor received any unauthorized aid on this report.”
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Abstract This experiment was a preparatory lab that acquainted students with the telescope, measurements, and viewing of the stars. During the lab, Polaris and Betelgeuse were used to find another star, Pollux, in the sky. Procedure First, the telescope was set up so that the polar axis was directed toward Polaris, the North Star. The declination was moved until it was aligned with 90 degrees. Then, Betelgeuse was located in the sky and again in the telescope.
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Unformatted text preview: Then the scales were corrected to reflect the star’s known coordinates. From this point, the scales were used to find the location of Pollux. Data and Analysis (Diagram from Scotsman.com) Stars NAME RA DECLINATION Betelgeuse 05 h 55 m 07° 24’ Pollux 07 h 46 m 28° 00’ Discussion This lab was an introduction to using the telescope. Naked eye observations are not as precise as observations involving a telescope. Thus, telescope operation is very important to the astronomer. No real experimental information was obtained; hence, there is no real conclusion that might be made....
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