The Symposium on Telescope Science
The annual Symposium on Telescope Science will celebrate its 33rd anniversary in 2014. 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).
The 2013 Symposium on Telescope Science was held 2013 May 21-23. About 100 people attended.
Read Robert Buchheim's recap posted on the Sky and Telescope web site
Read blog post by Emily Lakdawalla
The Symposium will be held June 12-14 at the Ontario Airport Hotel, Ontario, CA. This will be a joint meeting among SAS, the AAVSO, and Center for Backyard Astrophysics (CBA). It's Arne Henden's last full year as Director of the AAVSO. Come help us celebrate his retirement.
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Submissions for abstracts are now being accepted via the on-line form only.
Submissions sent via email will not be accepted.
On-line Abstract Submission
(due no later than 00:00 UT on 2014 March 16)
Submissions must be made via on-line form
Submissions sent via email will not be accepted
On-line Paper Submission (opens on or about March 20)
(due no later than 00:00 UT on 2014 April 26)
Click here to download Word template and General instructions
Submitting an abstract for an oral presentation does not guarantee that it will make the final cut. The number of abstracts versus available speaker slots and topic are just some of the considerations.
If an abstract for oral presentation is not accepted based on lack of available speaker slots, a paper can still be submitted for the proceedings under the "Papers without Presentation" section. This section is also for those who cannot attend or just don't feel up to doing an oral presentation.
If possible, depending on format of submission, we will try to include poster presentations in the proceedings as well.
See the Symposium Packet for more details about abstract and paper submission.