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With the 2014 academic year in progress, both the 2nd year undergraduate students (AST2003H) and the 3rd year undergraduate students (AST3002F) are using the Teaching Observatory again. For the 3rd year students, we will use the SBIG Self Guiding Spectrograph (SGS) for the first time this year, taking spectra of bright stars in the southern sky and characterising the new spectrograph.

Some of the highlights of the 2014 curriculum observing sessions will be posted on the web site of the Tony Fairall Teaching Observatory in the course of the academic year.

First emission line image of the Tarantula Nebula using the UCT teaching telescope

First emission line image of the Tarantula Nebula, taken on 23/01/2013, using the UCT teaching telescope. The Tarantula Nebula (also known as 30 Doradus, or NGC 2070) is an H II region in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC). It was originally thought to be a star, but in 1751 Nicolas Louis de Lacaille recognized its nebular nature.

"First Light" from the new teaching telescope

First light image of 30 Doradus taken on January 20, 2013 with the UCT teaching telescope. This is a raw image (22 x 30 seconds exposures with the L filter, automatic off-axis guiding and adaptive optics) with no calibration (flat field, bias, dark frames) taken in very strong wind conditions. Despite the wind, the image quality is quite good over the whole field of view.

Installation of New Teaching Telescope

An astronomer from the University de Montréal, Luc Turbide, has come to help Prof Claude Carignan and PhD student, Thuso Simon, setting up the teaching telescope on the roof of the RW James building. After 2 days, the telescope is already installed and we should get the first images on the first clear night.

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