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The Importance of Hands-on Experience with Telescopes for Students

  title={The Importance of Hands-on Experience with Telescopes for Students},
  author={George C. Privon and Rachael L. Beaton and David G. Whelan and Abel Yang and Kelsey E. Johnson and Jim Condon University of Virginia and National Radio Astronomy Observatory Charlottesville},
  journal={arXiv: Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics},
Proper interpretation and understanding of astronomical data requires good knowledge of the data acquisition process. The increase in remote observing, queue observing, and the availability of large archived data products risk insulating astronomers from the telescope, potentially reducing their familiarity with the observational techniques crucial in understanding the data. Learning fundamental observing techniques can be done in at least three ways: 1) College and university operated… 
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