Astrophotography and CCD Imaging, offered online by Open Universities Australia and Swinburne University, explores the fascinating field of astrophotography. You will learn about how astronomers observe and record astronomical objects with the aid of cameras. In doing so, you will discover the fundamental principles of capturing images of astronomical objects, and will become familiar with the techniques used to acquire these images with telescopes, conventional cameras, and charge-coupled device (CCD) cameras.
You will gain an understanding of current technological developments in astrophotography and CCD imaging, as well as the use of computers in image processing. You will also learn about the nature of digital astrophotography, with emphasis on the types of available equipment.
During this unit you will carry out a research project for which you will be expected to use reliable sources of information, accompanied by or substituted with your own observations.
It is recommended that you have successfully completed the following unit, prior to enrolling:
Exploring the Stars and the Milky Way
You must also have been accepted into one of the following courses:
Graduate Diploma of Science (Astronomy), Swinburne University
Master of Science (Astronomy), Swinburne University
Applicants must also ensure they have not completed a previous version of this unit.
Areas of study
In this astronomy unit, the topics you will study include:
Introduction to astronomical coordinate systems
Principles of telescopic imaging
Principles of photographic imaging
Film properties and processing
Digital astrophotography: principles, equipment, digital single lens reflex cameras, operation, lenses, detectors
Principles of CCD imaging
Principles of CCD data reduction
Photometry and colours: spectral distributions; atmospheric extinction, dispersion and seeing, filters, standard photometric systems
Properties of astronomical targets
Future trends in astronomical observing
This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:
Graduate Diploma of Science (Astronomy) at Swinburne University
Master of Science (Astronomy) at Swinburne University
Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.
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This unit will help you to develop skills and knowledge which will be highly useful if you wish to pursue a career in astronomy. You will gain an understanding of the photographic techniques used to capture and record astronomical targets and events.
You will learn about the trends in observation techniques in both professional and amateur astronomy, and will be aware of the range of optical astronomical targets which amateur astronomers can observe.
You will develop your communication skills through the mandatory assessments, and will be expected to be able to discuss the principles of astrophotography in layman’s terms in order to make the subject accessible to the wider public.
How else will I benefit from this unit?
Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Astrophotography and CCD Imaging from Swinburne University.
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Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
Government financial support through FEE-HELP may be available.
Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.
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If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.
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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!
This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.
Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).
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