Author Archives: Ken Hudson

Not on Twitter? You’re missing out.

I believe that many readers of this blog are amateur astronomers. I also believe, based on my own subjective experience, that a very small number of amateur astronomers are active on Twitter. When I ask friends and colleagues why they … Continue reading

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JPL Tweetup 2011

Yesterday I had an amazing experience – I attended a tweetup at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. (A tweetup is a meeting of Twitter users.) The tweetup was organized by JPL and limited to a certain number … Continue reading

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SAS Symposium 2011

I spent most of last week in Big Bear Lake, California at the Society of Astronomical Sciences 30th Annual Symposium on Telescope Science. I had a great time and I learned a lot. Despite it's name, the symposium had relatively … Continue reading

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Tom Field – RSpec and Real-Time Spectroscopy

Amateur astronomers frequently spend the majority of their time focused on one of three activities: visual observing, imaging or science. The scientists often specialize in photometry or spectroscopy. At NEAF 2011, I finally got to meet two very influential and … Continue reading

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National Astronomy Meeting – NAM 2011

The UK Royal Astronomical Society National Astronomy Meeting (NAM 2011) was held last week (Sunday April 17, 2011 to Thursday April 21, 2011) in Llandudno, North Wales. I wasn't at the meeting, but it sounds like it was outstanding. Listed … Continue reading

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NEAF 2011 – Final Thoughts

I'm sorry to say that NEAF 2011 is behind us and it's time to start thinking about 2012. I don't know about you, but I really enjoyed looking forward to this year's NEAF and I'm going to miss the anticipation … Continue reading

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NEAF 2011 – Pictures – Set 3

Yesterday was cloudy, rainy and cold at NEAF 2011. Today was mostly sunny which was good news because the Solar Star Party was able to proceed as you can see from the image below (remember to click on any image … Continue reading

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