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Re: [Losmandy_users] Partners required for exciting new astro project


Jan 29, 2005

 


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#24073 Jan 29, 2005

I am looking for between 4 and 12 keen and committed amateur

astronomers to take part in an exciting new astronomical project.



You do not need to own your own telescope to get involved although

some previous experience of practical astronomy would be an

advantage. You will be given remote Internet access to a Takahashi

E250 with an SBIG ST8XE CCD (1530x1020 pixels) on a Paramount

robotic mount. This high quality professional observatoryequipment

is located at high altitude in the darkest part of New Mexico.



It is intended that the Daventry Nova Survey will take 60 second CCD

images of all parts of the sky close to the galactic plane. This

technique will comfortably reach magnitude 16 and since a nova will

increase in brightness by anything between 7 and 19 magnitudes stars

previously in the magnitude range 23 to 35 can come into range.

There are lots of potential targets around - quite literally

billions.



My suspicion is that the percentage of novae in the range 12 to 16

that get reported is extremely close to zero yet the expected number

of such objects, based on a detailed literature search, appears to

be in the hundreds of thousands.



If you would like to be considered for the team please contact me

with brief details of your previous astronomical experience at

newbinaries@...



Martin Nicholson



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#24074 Jan 29, 2005

Hello Martin,

I'm an amateur astronomer with about 4years experience, although I bought my first scope at age 17(about 37 years ago). A presentation last summer at Starfest, by another group of nova hunters peaked my interest, and I would be happy to contribute computing time to the team.

Regards,

Martin Kates ----- Original Message -----

From: newbinaries

To: Losmandy_users@yahoogroups.com

Sent: Saturday, January 29, 2005 8:16 AM

Subject: [Losmandy_users] Partners required for exciting new astro project







I am looking for between 4 and 12 keen and committed amateur

astronomers to take part in an exciting new astronomical project.



You do not need to own your own telescope to get involved although

some previous experience of practical astronomy would be an

advantage. You will be given remote Internet access to a Takahashi

E250 with an SBIG ST8XE CCD (1530x1020 pixels) on a Paramount

robotic mount. This high quality professional observatoryequipment

is located at high altitude in the darkest part of New Mexico.



It is intended that the Daventry Nova Survey will take 60 second CCD

images of all parts of the sky close to the galactic plane. This

technique will comfortably reach magnitude 16 and since a nova will

increase in brightness by anything between 7 and 19 magnitudes stars

previously in the magnitude range 23 to 35 can come into range.

There are lots of potential targets around - quite literally

billions.



My suspicion is that the percentage of novae in the range 12 to 16

that get reported is extremely close to zero yet the expected number

of such objects, based on a detailed literature search, appears to

be in the hundreds of thousands.



If you would like to be considered for the team please contact me

with brief details of your previous astronomical experience at

newbinaries@...



Martin Nicholson













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