2020 events

Sat 11:30-12:00
Venue: 
Sunset Room

Nova Search for Amateurs

Robert Kaufman

Astronomical Society of Victoria

A nova is a transient event rather than a star, and causes the apparent advent of a ‘new’ bright star in the sky. This presentation will begin with a brief overview of novae and why they are of interest to the scientific community. It will examine the role of amateur astronomers in finding and in some cases identifying these objects and how this might change in the future. The presentation will go on to briefly address the various ways amateurs go about these searches (equipment, routines, etc.) and the reporting procedures. It will finish with some of the presenter’s own results.