2016 schedule

Sat 11:30-12:00
Venue: 
Theatre 101

Pro-Am Spectroscopy in the Southern Hemisphere

Bernard Heathcote

RASNZ, RAS

Scientifically useful spectroscopy by amateurs, which generally means medium/high resolution spectra taken with a slit spectrograph, has been well established in Europe for at least ten years but in the southern hemisphere, mainly Australia, it has only had a couple of active participants until recently. Increased internet coverage, the availability of more cost-effective instruments and a recent online collaborative ring (SASER) has seen a growth in southern participants and valuable pro-am collaborations leading to co-authored papers in leading international journals. This presentation will review the current situation and what is needed by those wishing to get on board the observational astrophysics train.