We'll learn the Transit Method for small telescopes.

The number of discoveries has skyrocketed with Kepler.

During October 2016, Dennis Conti of the AAVSO taught us how to observe exoplanets, report observations and publish your results. This field is in need of amateur assistance as astronomers are not be able to keep up with all the candidate systems that are being identified.


The conference was presented by:


Dennis Conti, PhD, Chairman, Exoplanet Section, 

American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO)


Hosted by Boyce Research Initiatives and Education Foundation (BRIEF)


In this workshop we learned the nuances of Exoplanet research and CCD imaging these transits. Rounding out the training, Dennis then held a hand's on tutorial on industry leading software, AstroImageJ, for this field of research,. Bob Buchheim video taped Dennis's Saturday presentations which can be viewed on the Boyce-Astro YouTube Channel - see link above.

Schedule Was:


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29
•9:00 AM– 3:30 PM: precision photometry & measuring exoplanet transits – the how to’s


–SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30

•11:00 AM – 5:00 PM: how to use AstroImageJ; processing our images; transit modeling; submitting results; scientific paper outline and volunteer writing assignments


WORKSHOP OUTLINE  - see the detailed schedule here


Dr. Conti's Website and prior workshops  - click here 



Future missions like TESS will increase the candidates even more.

EXOPLANET WORKSHOP
OCTOBER 29 & 30, 2016

Old Town, San Diego

View The Workshop Videos HERE.