February 11, 2012. Got a telescope! Now what?: How to see more and do more with a backyard observatory


Date: Monday, Feb 11, 2013

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Place: The Donut Whole

1720 E. Douglas

Speaker: C. W. Robertson

SETEC Observatory



Most professional astronomers can take data or analyze/model data, but they don’t have the funding, the time, or the students to do both. Most amateur astronomers can take lots of data, but don’t have the time to glean all the information from the data. But there are ways these two groups can work together, whether it is looking for supernovae, observing variable stars, eclipsing binaries or newly suspected variables that do some pretty strange things. The key is to find a good match between your interests, your equipment, and the science that can be done.


We’ll present an overview of the kinds of science that can be done with a backyard observatory, including observing programs, tips, tricks, how to get started, where to get help, how to join an international collaboration, and how to get your results published.


SETEC Observatory is a private observatory located northwest of Wichita, Kansas. The purpose of the observatory is to assist others (amateurs and professionals) in the study of Delta Scuti Stars, Variable Stars (AAVSO), newly suspected variable stars, eclipsing binaries or stars that are part of the Blazhko Project.

This work was partially funded with a grant from the American Astronomical Society.


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