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:

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


•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.

OCTOBER 29 & 30, 2016

Old Town, San Diego

View The Workshop Videos HERE.