||Department of Physics
The AstroLab is a 3rd year option of our
Physics & Astronomy and Physics degrees in
which students undertake projects in observational astronomy
using our four telescopes
(DRACO2, East-16, Far-East-20 and West-14) on the
Physics building roof and our remotely operated
0.5m telescope (pt5m) on La Palma.
Students undertake a variety of projects which range from
the tracking of near-earth asteroids, the study of exoplanets, to the measurement of Hubble's
constant via the study of supernovae.
All projects focus on the dynamical nature of the universe.
Since 1993 over
CCD images have been taken
on our four undergraduate telescopes for project work.
Over 300 different minor planets and comets have been observed.
We have four telescopes. East-16 and West-14 are in the 10' domes
on the Physics building roof above the main entrance. DRACO2 (6'
dome) and Far-East-20 (15' dome) are located at the east end of the
roof. We also have a part share in a
0.5m telescope on La Palma which is queue-scheduled
to provide data for student projects.