Small Telescope Astronomical Research (STAR) Handbook

Small Telescope Astronomical Research (STAR) Handbook

By: Russell Genet , Jolyon Johnson , Robert Buchheim , Richard Harshaw

Publication date: October 2017
SKU: 978-0-9994650-0-4
ISBN: 978-0-9994650-0-4

Small telescope astronomical research has grown in the last few decades, due in large part to the development of low cost, yet high quality, telescopes and instruments, as well as their detectors and remote access over the Internet. Today, many professional, amateur, undergraduate, and high school student astronomers are conducting their research in partnerships referred to as “communities of practice.” This handbook describes how these communities of practice are formed and how everyone can contribute to science through published research. Although this book focuses on student-led small telescope research, the same principles apply to professional- and amateur-led research. A specific example, double stars, is used to illustrate how a small telescope science research project can be completed and submitted for publication within a modest timeframe. (752 pages, 18 chapters)

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Small Telescope Astronomical Research Handbook





I.   Student-Centered Research

    1.   Team Research within Communities of Practice

    2.   The Astronomy Research Seminar


II.   The Student Team Research Process


    3.   Planning Projects

    4.   Managing Projects

    5.   Writing and Editing Papers

    6.   Giving Talks

    7.   Presenting Posters


III.   Astronomical Research

    8.   Small Telescope Research

    9.   Robotic Telescopes

  10.   Precision and Accuracy

  11.   Astronomical Cameras

  12.   Double Star Astrometry

  13.   Exoplanet Transit Photometry


IV.   Selected Published Papers

  14.   Visual Eyepiece Astrometry

  15.   CCD Camera Astrometry

  16.   Speckle Interferometry

  17.   Technology Advances

  18.   Astronomy Research Seminar



    A.   Speckle Tool Box

    B.   Displaying Orbital Plots

    C.   Maui Double Star Conference

    D.   Publication Formatting Guide

    E.   Speckle Interferometry Thesis

Publisher: Collins Foundation Press
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Russell Genet

Russell Genet is a Research Scholar in Residence at California Polytechnic University, an Adjunct Professor of Astronomy at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, CA, and an Editor of the Journal of Double Star Observations.

Jolyon Johnson

Jolyon Johnson is a physics teacher at Sammamish High School in Bellevue, Washington and also an Editor of the Journal of Double Star Observations.

Robert Buchheim

Robert Buchheim is the President of the Society for Astronomical Sciences.

Richard Harshaw

Richard Harshaw is a professional developer of self-paced learning units and has studied double stars for decades.