2020 events

Sat 12:00-12:30
Starlight Room

Amateur-Professional Collaboration in Radio Astronomy

John Sarkissian

CSIRO Parkes Telescope, CWAS

Through out history there have been many examples of Pro-Am collaboration in optical astronomy. However, there has been precious little in the radio astronomy field. This talk will describe examples of recent radio astronomy Pro-Am collaborations, and how this area of amateur involvement can be expanded. A number of simple, but vital, collaborative projects will be presented for discussion. In addition, the CSIRO Parkes Observatory's 12-meter antenna is being upgraded as an engineering and outreach instrument with the possibility of making it available for Pro-Am projects. The talk will conclude with how the upgraded antenna might be used for Pro-Am collaboration.