NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!
In this first of a series of workshops Mike will cover:
Basics of measurement in astronomy.
The automation of measurement and the dawn of authentic research experiences for non-professionals.
What can pro-ams / students / etc. contribute to science?
The software you need. The unreasonable usefulness of Python.
What do YOU think you might like to do?
So what is this all about?
Mt Burnett Observatory is hosting a special astronomy workshop day at Emerald College on the 7th of December 2019. The keynote speaker will be Stella Kafka, Director of the American Association of Variable Star Observers, one the world’s premiere associations where amateurs can undertake, submit and publish their own observations. The focus of the workshop day in December is on ways to enable and facilitate interested members of the public (and MBO!) to undertake their own astronomical observations of interest for their own pleasure or to contribute them to science! Equipment is not necessary, as access to one of the robotic telescope networks will be provided, but guidance will also be provided for those using their own equipment.
Leading up to the day, Dr Michael Fitzgerald, expert in robotic telescope networks and student/pro-am astronomy research (https://www.oursolarsiblings.com/), will run a series of Saturday afternoon workshops to up-skill MBO members (and others) to a stage where they either support, co-teach or lead some of the workshops on the day! Interest in the various topics from the workshop day attendees will be scoped out before December There will also be many national and international experts in various areas of this list attending Dec 7th as they will be in town for the RTSRE conference (rtsre.net) the next week. (e.g. Travis Rector for colour imaging: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjvqcXJeTz0&t=31s, Stella Kafka for Variable stars, a variety of people who do double-star research and Jessie Christiansen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymQnmEYack8 for exoplanets)
After Dec 7th (and after a trip to France and after Christmas!), Michael will continue to facilitate the development of the various areas throughout 2020 on a regular basis and through an online collaborative environment (https://www.oursolarsiblings.com/moodle/login/index.php) to support the development of a keen, productive, pro-am science community in Melbourne.
Bring your own computer, Mac or PC is fine. Linux also fine but not necessary.