STAR: Small telescope Astronomical Research Handbook

STAR: Small telescope Astronomical Research Handbook

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

SKU: 9780999465011

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 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. Two specific examples, double star astrometry and exoplanet transit photometry, are used to illustrate how small telescope science research projects can be completed and submitted for publication within a modest timeframe.

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Copyright © 2018 by Russell M. Genet. All rights reserved.

Published by Institute for Student Astronomical Research (InStAR)
6790 East Calle La Paz, Unit 2101, Tucson, AZ 85715
Phone: 520.820.8662

General Editor: Russell Genet

First Edition Editors: Russell Genet, Robert Buchheim, Jolyon Johnson, Richard Harshaw, Rachel Freed

Exoplanet Chapter Contributor: Dennis Conti

Includes bibliographical references

Production Manager: John Davidson
Production Assistant: Brendan Davidson
Cover Design: John Davidson
Cover produced in Adobe Illustrator
Text produced in MS Word – Times New Roman 11

ISBN 978-0-9994650-0-4 (paperback)
ISBN 978-0-9994650-1-1 (hardcover)

First printing October 2016 (Preliminary Edition)
Second printing October 2017 (Second Preliminary Edition)
Third printing February 2018 (First Edition)

Printed by Sheridan Books in the United States of America

Publisher: Institute for Student Astronomical Research (InStAR)
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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.

Robert Buchheim

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

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.

Richard Harshaw

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

Rachel Freed

Rachel Freed is a consultant for science education and educational technology.