As amateur astronomers become sophisticated observers and adapt to the latest in observing techniques, technology and equipment, the next step is the collaboration of the amateur community with professional community. The Pro-Am Collaborative Astronomy (PACA) Project provides a forum and bridge between the two communities, identifying observing campaigns, sharing of resources, standardizing of data acquisition and analysis, leading to collection and archival of the data. Some successful recent observing campaigns include Comet ISON (2013), Comet Siding Spring (2014) and the current support for ESA/Rosetta mission and its target Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (CG).
We present the various components and techniques utilized in these campaigns via a virtual interactive panel consisting of amateur observers, modellers, and professional observers, with hands-on activities for local NACAA attendees to familiarize the amateur community with necessary tools to make pro-am collaborations useful to both communities. We shall also highlight some of the upcoming observing programs that amateur astronomers can support and provide key contributions. Some of the Virtual Panel participants include Anthony “Bird” Wesley, Roger Groom, Christina Rivera, Jakub Cherney. Other panelists will be added as time permits.
Materials for hands-on activities and light refreshments will be provided in the workshop to attendees. Several lucky attendees will receive door prizes. Please plan to register and attend the workshop. Registration is required for attendance.