Getting started in spectroscopy is now easy and inexpensive, thanks to the Star Analyser grating costing under $200. The Star Analyser attaches to a CCD camera and allows you to easily see the spectra of distant stars in real time. You can even use an unguided DSLR camera — no telescope needed. RSpec ("Hot product", Sky & Telescope 2011) is the simple but powerful software program used to analyse spectra. Video tutorials explain step-by-step how to analyse and interpret the data contained in these spectra.
Some possible activities being presented in this session include: