The Symposium on Telescope Science
The annual Symposium on Telescope Science celebrated its 31st anniversary in 2012. The Symposium has become one of the premiere events for amateur astronomers and for building pro-am collaborations. Amateurs, and some professionals, make presentations covering a wide range of topics, from imaging basics, to photometry, to spectroscopy, to instrumentation, and more. Observing targets reach from near-Earth to the edges of the Universe. If you're at least a little interested in astronomical research, this is one of the events attend each year. The submitted papers are available in the proceedings at the time of the Symposium.
to download previous year proceedings and/or papers (2000 through last meeting).
For the last decade, the Symposium has been held at the Northwoods Resort in Big Bear, CA. The average attendance is about 100, but the joint meeting with the AAVSO in 2012 saw that number jump to about 150.
The 2013 Symposium on Telescope Science is scheduled for May 21-23 (Tues-Thur) at the Northwoods Resort in Big Bear Lake, CA. More details to come.
The registration packet contains more details about the meeting and the two workshops. There is also a form that can be printed for those who prefer to register by mail and use a check.
On-line Registration Closed
Register on-site starting Tuesday (workshops) or Wednesday (sessions).
2013 Presenters Information
If you would like to give a presentation and submit a paper for our Symposium (we really want both!), download the presenters information file. This includes a Word 2003 template and PDF using the styles in the template. We can accept Word 2003-2007 or OpenOffice files. Poster presentations are welcome as well. If you can convert the poster to a single PDF or a Word/OpenOffice document, the poster can appear in the proceedings with the regular papers.
Click here to download the Presenter's Package (ZIP file)
A recap of the very successful 2012 Symposium will be posted soon.
Read the Sky and Telescope blog posting by Camille Carlisle.