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Unformatted text preview: er(s) and/or other classmates. Keep detailed records of what you did,
even the mistakes, in a research notebook.
A good researcher keeps a complete, accurate, “every twist-and-turn-noted” notebook.
Repeat: notebook. Not loose leaf sheets of paper. Not back of envelopes. NUMBER ALL
PAGES IN THE NOTEBOOK FIRST. Make copies of data tables and tape them in your
notebook. Do all calculations in your notebook. Make lists of your references in your
notebook. Do not erase what you think is garbage. Today’s garbage could be tomorrow’s
“All those calculations were correct”! You should have an outline of the steps you took
when reducing your data, much like the tutorials have, with your own preferences
flavoring the exact method. Any future Astronomy 480 student should be able to totally
replicate the reduction process that you followed simply from your paper.
Preferably, the outline of the steps you took, samples of images along the way, a
flowchart of your reduction process should go in as an appendix.
Do not forget to insert keywords, values, parameters, limits, etc. into the tasks you use! Note these.
Look at the raw images individually before you combine them. Stars in your flat field frames?
Remember, we jogged at the telescope so that we could MEDIAN the flats and take out the stars.
Second step: put together the figures, charts, and tables. A good paper is defined by the quality of these 3
Figures include images of your target(s), fully reduced.
Charts include (pick what is applicable) your color-magnitude diagram, time versus change
in magnitude, point- spread-function, extinction versus disk location, isophote graph,
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