RAS (Remote Astronomical Society) Observatory Announces Free Web-based Seminar on Asteroid Hunting Strategies---General Public Invited

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By popular request the very popular and prolific Canadian asteroid hunter, Andrew Lowe, presents a special free, web-based seminar that reveals his personal strategies which led to the successful discovery of over 110 asteroids in 2005 alone.

The RAS (Remote Astronomical Society) Observatory, in conjunction with Ivocalize.com, (http://www.ivocalize.com) a web conference hosting service, announced another in the continuing series of web-based seminars that are made available to the world-wide general public. The seminar titled, “Asteroid Hunting Strategies”, is presented by Andrew Lowe (http://members.shaw.ca/andrewlowe/) and 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 Andrew Lowe, (http://members.shaw.ca/andrewlowe/)
  •     What: Web-based seminar on Asteroid Hunting Strategies
  •     Where: On your most convenient web connected computer via the internet
  •     When: Sunday, February 12, 2005 12:00 PM MST (19:00 UTC). Approximately 1 hour long
  •     What: Here is an example of what can be accomplished using the internet as a resource

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 the email link provided.

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 monthly membership program that provides 120 points (2 hours) of observing time each month for only $39.98 per month.
  •     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 special research rates for amateur 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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