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#26 JKoelman

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Posted 18 June 2012 - 11:23 PM

Some quick googling reveals there is still some justice... ("Object: Alessi 1 / LeDrew 1")

In any case it is great to hear that even these days a serious amateur with a simple binocular can still make astronomy discoveries.

#27 PhilCo126

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 11:53 AM

Hanny Van Arkel's interesting website: http://www.hannysvoorwerp.com/

#28 PhilCo126

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Posted 21 October 2012 - 08:57 AM

Exoplanet PH1 ( Planet Hunters 1 ) was discovered by volunteers Kian Jek of San Francisco - CA and Robert Gagliano of Cottonwood - AZ as they spotted the dimming in the lightcurve using the citizen science online PlanetHunters project. PH1 orbits a 4-star system:
http://www.nasa.gov/...ExoUpClose.html

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Posted 21 October 2012 - 04:17 PM

orbiting in a 4 star system...

I wonder what the analemma for those suns would look like on that planet :question:

#30 PhilCo126

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 12:45 PM

Amateur astronomer Tom Boles discovered his 150th supernova from his personal observatory at Coddenham, Suffolk in Great Britain.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 11:54 AM

Of course we can't forget the Comet-chasers:
http://www.cometchas...iscoverers.html

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 10:17 AM

Excellent documentary on amateur-astronomers
Time Shift Star Men
http://www.youtube.c...h?v=HxPLBMygJeY

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#33 ColoHank

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 11:18 AM

How about that Italian amateur, Galileo Galilei? Credit him at least with discovering the phases of Venus, Jupiter's four largest satellites, a variety of features on the Moon, and the progression of sunspots on the rotating Sun. I made a functional replica of a Galileo scope in 2010, one fitted with store-bought and no doubt more precise and better optics, and I think it's a miracle that he was able to discover anything at all with the primitive instruments he fabricated in the early 17th century.






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