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#1 Tsarbomba

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Posted 07 February 2020 - 01:11 PM

This is really a question to any astronomers out there, and based on the imaging equipment I'm currently using - I love the craft of astrophotography, however I would also love to contribute data to astronomers in need, and I just don't really know what targets and research subjects I could explore given my equipment.

 

I'm aware that exoplanet surveys are popular with amateurs, along with variable star observations - however, those tend to be large aperture setups, and specialized CCDs whereas I'm using a CMOS camera. I'm open to adding new filters like B and V band, but wasn't sure if those have much use outside of variable star data, and compatibility for CMOS sensors.

 

So here's my setup, and I'd appreciate any input for pro-am collaborations that I could get involved in:

 

Mount: Orion Atlas Pro EQ-G

Telescope: Altair Astro Wave Series 115mm Triplet APO + 0.79x Flattener/Reducer (Altair Astro)

Guider: Astro-Tech 60mm Guidescope + QHY5L-II

Camera: ASI1600mm-c

Filters: Astronomik Type 2c (LRGB), and ZWO narrowband set (7nm)

 

FL 636mm, f/5.5, 1.23"/pixel, FOV (1.59º x 1.21º)

 

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Clear skies,

Tim


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#2 sg6

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Posted 07 February 2020 - 01:43 PM

May have something here:

https://www.skyandte...earch-projects/



#3 Tsarbomba

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Posted 10 February 2020 - 04:08 PM

Thanks sg6! I'll do some more research on the AAVSO, as I'd like to get into exoplanet photometry.

 

I'm more so hoping that someone with far more knowledge than I could tell me what's possible with the gear/setup I have currently.



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Posted 10 February 2020 - 08:13 PM

You could try your hand at asteroid occultation timing.

https://occultations.org

Two members of my club were credited with discovering an unknown moon around an asteroid as a result of their observations.

https://www.skyandte...-asteroid-moon/

Of course exoplanets are hot nowadays. You can get predictions and upload your data to the Exoplanet Transit Database.

http://var2.astro.cz/ETD/

There's also supernova hunting and asteroid hunting too.
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