REAL SCIENCE FOR THE TIME POOR AMATEUR - The study of Double Stars from the Southern Hemisphere

Like many of us I am continually in awe of the skills of the modern day amateur astrophotographer with the huge range of quality CCD astro cameras now available.  If like myself, time at your telescope is limited, I will show how to use this technology to make a real and worthwhile contribution to the science of astronomy.  Join me on journey starting with selection of target pairs, acquiring useable images, through to analysing those images and the publication of your results in the scientific journals you too can contribute, and still be fit to go to work the next morning! Pristine dark skies are not essential and like myself, there is a good chance of discovering new pairs, with your name preserved for posterity! 


Graeme Jenkinson is an amateur astronomer who works and lives with his wife in Oakey, a small country town of 5,000 people in south-east Queensland. He became interested in astronomy after seeing a “shooting star” for the first time as a high school student in the 1970’s and subsequently joined the Astronomical Association of Queensland, Australia (AAQ). Work and family commitments led to a membership hiatus until the Great Leonid Meteor Shower in 2001 re-kindled his passion for astronomy. During his current membership of the AAQ , Graeme has held various positions including Council member, director of the Visual Observing Section, Librarian, and currently Double Star Section director. With a 150mm F8 Synta refractor permanently housed in a Sirius dome he focused his attention on lunar occultation timing before beginning in 2007 multiple star observations in collaboration with fellow AAQ member, Tim Napier-Munn. The 2014 introduction of a 400mm F4.5 Newtonian reflector in a second Sirius dome has resulted in the discovery of 3 previously unrecorded double stars. Since 2014 both these observatories have been included in the professional body, the Astronomical Society of Australia’s list of Designated Optical Observatories (#DO3-45). These are both professional and amateur facilities judged to be valuable resources for research, education or community use. Over the last decade Graeme has designed, built and continues to maintain three observatories in his local area for a group of Japanese amateur astronomers. Two of these are used on a regular basis by visiting group members, with the third facility, a roll off roof design, being remotely controlled from Japan and used primarily for supernova searches.


Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 10:45


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