RAS (Remote Astronomical Society) Observatory Announces First Web-based Seminar on Astronomy that is Available to the Entire World Population

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As a follow-up to the announcement made on October 19, 2005 the RAS Observatory, in conjunction with Ivocalize.com a web conferencing hosting service, is initiating this new exciting program that provides interested participants located anywhere in the world, with appropriate internet access, an opportunity to explore some of the various aspects of amateur astronomy; in this case, Backyard Spectroscopy.

The RAS (Remote Astronomical Society) Observatory, announced, to their knowledge, the first ever web-based seminar that will be available to the world-wide general public.

The seminar on “Backyard Spectroscopy”, presented by Dale Mais, Ph. D. (http://www.mais-ccd-spectroscopy.com/Personal.htm) is being offered as a public service of the RAS Observatory. There is no charge for access to this seminar.

Here are the main points:

  •     Who: Presented by Dale Mais, Ph.D. of the SAS (Society for Astronomical Science) http://socastrosci.org/
  •     What: Web-based seminar on backyard spectroscopy for the amateur astronomer
  •     Where: On your most convenient web connected computer via the internet
  •     When: Sunday, November 13, 2005 12:00 PM MST. Approximately 1 hour
  •     What: Here is an example of what can be accomplished in a typical amateur’s backyard environment

Those wishing to participate are required to join a Yahoo group specifically setup for this meeting. The link to that group may be found at http://www.ras-observatory.org/ras/Web_Seminars/web_seminars.html

All further information will be distributed only to those that sign up for this group. Questions should be directed to: arnie@ras-observatory.org.

The sponsors indicate that hundreds of attendees can be simultaneously accommodated to participate in this seminar. However, space is limited so interested parties are urged to sign-up immediately to guarantee a seat.

Martin Nicholson, director of the RAS (Remote Astronomical Society) Observatory, also commented, “Along with this series of seminars, the RAS Observatory is also offering additional programs to provide amateur astronomers with similar remote observing facilities currently only enjoyed by professional astronomers.”

An added attraction to the 5 sophisticated Takahashi telescope systems mounted on Paramount robotic mounts is their access to the pristine dark skies of New Mexico, USA.

In a technical vein some of the instruments are equipped with special filters and sensitive detectors that are typically beyond the financial means of many amateurs. By joining the RAS Observatory members can engage in some very specific types of research.”

RAS Observatory listed some of the additional benefits available to members:

  •     A support system for amateur astronomers to participate in scientific research

  •     Educational resources
  •     Assistance in developing meaningful projects
  •     Assistance in presenting findings and document research results
  •     Submission of papers
  •     Coordination of research projects
  •     Subsidizing research projects
  •     A platform to permit researchers to present work
  •     Recognition to researchers for achievements
  •     Coordinate amateur projects with professional projects
  •     Coordinate collaborative projects
  •     Completive projects to help develop skills
  •     Participate in web-based technical seminars

Mr. Nicholson continued, “This seminar is a continuation of our previously announced plans for future activities of the observatory. Now, international amateur researchers will be able to attend global meetings using the RAS Observatory resources from their respective locations through-out the world. This will allow many more individuals to participate, save a tremendous amount of time, reduce travel and accommodation costs and in general speed up the entire process of disseminating new technology and resolving many issues in a much shorter time frame.”

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