This paper is an overview of automation technology available to educational and amateur astronomers who are conducting scientific research. The minimum prerequisites for automation are (1) a computer controlled telescope, (2) a CCD detector, and (3) a computer for controlling both. This paper will pro- vide you with a survey of tools and techniques with which you can get the most out of your observatory. In addition, a handful of case studies show what amateurs can do with an open mind and hard work.
Society for Astronomical Sciences Annual Symposium
- Pub Date:
- May 2003