8pm Friday 15th July we have Michael Fitzgerald speaking to us about “Student, Amateur and Professional Research with Robotic Telescopes

Dr Michael Fitzgerald runs the high school focussed astronomy project, Our Solar Siblings (OSS). This project is an official partner of the Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope network (LCOGT.net), arguably the first working and reliable telescope network for both science and education usage. LCOGT.net is a growing network of 18 (mostly 1 metre) telescopes at six research observatories covering both hemispheres. While the core of the OSS project is focussed on high school, the telescope time is also freely available for student, amateur and (to a limited extent) professional use. In this talk, Michael will run through the OSS project and the types of student and external research that has been undertaken (and published!) and suggest potential complementary uses for amateur societies.


If you have a telescope and would like to know how to use it, or alternatively, would like to show it off to us, please bring it along!

Members’ Night is on every Friday night commencing at 8PM (doors open 7:30PM). Guests of members are always welcome.


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