2018 schedule

Sun 15:30-16:00
Mercure Conservatory

From point of light to astrophysical model - the research reach of the modern amateur

Thomas J Richards, Colin S Bembrick


Modern software is enabling the amateur astronomer to make significant, publishable research results - not just piling up observations. This paper will present and discuss the research pipeline for eclipsing binary photometry. I will begin with a dot on an image, and show how its analysis leads to a comprehensive determination of the physical parameters of the binary - and even a 3D model.