Uusi opinto-opas (sisältäen myös opetusohjelmat) lukuvuodelle 2018-2019 sijaitsee osoitteessa https://opas.peppi.utu.fi . Tältä sivustolta löytyvät enää vanhat opinto-oppaat ja opetusohjelmat.

The new study guide (incl. teaching schedules) for academic year 2018-2019 can be found at https://studyguide.utu.fi. This site contains only previous years' guides.

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Archived Curricula Guide 2013–2014
Curricula Guide is archieved. Please refer to current Curricula Guides
TÄHT7008 Practical astronomy course with Nordic Optical Telescope 6 ECTS
Organised by
Person in charge
Seppo Mattila (FINCA) + one person from each participating University
Planned organizing times
Period(s) I II III IV
2013–2014 X X
Preceding studies
or similar knowledge

Learning outcomes

After completing the course the student should have basic idea of how to:
(1) plan and carry-out observations with a professional telescope;
(2) run the commonly used astronomical data reduction and analysis software to produce fully reduced calibrated data of the most common observing modes;
(3) analyse the data and report the results in the context of the relevant astrophysical science question in the form of a written report.


The course is organised by the Finnish Centre for Astronomy with ESO (FINCA) as a 5-day intensive course held at Tuorla Observatory of the University of Turku. The course consists of lectures in the afternoon and practical night-time work for a maximum of 20 students using the Nordic Optical Telescope (NOT) remotely. The lectures cover observational techniques, preparation of observations and the common methods used for reducing and calibrating optical and near-infrared imaging and spectroscopic data and polarimetric observations. Suitable astrophysical examples are used to illustrate the value of the different observing modes. The practical sessions include the preparations, and taking the observations using the currently available instrumentation (ALFOSC, NOTCAM, FIES) of the NOT as well as starting the data reductions and analysis. The students are divided into five groups of four students, and each group has access to the telescope for two half night runs using two different instruments. The data reductions and analysis, and writing-up of the course reports will be carried-out in the groups. The students and their master thesis supervisors are welcome to propose projects for the course.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Lectures 15 h 0 h
Exercises 40 h 0 h

Teaching language


Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Participation in classroom work
  • In English
Participation in classroom work

Participation in the lectures and practical sessions, independent work


Numeric 0-5.

Recommended year of study

Recommended year of study: MSc-degree, year 1 or 2, Period I and II. The course will be lectured every year.

Study materials

Course hand-outs, original research papers.

Belongs to following study modules

Department of Physics and Astronomy
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Department of Physics and Astronomy
DP in Physical Sciences
Finnish Study Modules