Note: Jerry Oltion’s lecture on Unusual Telescopes has been postponed.
In astronomy, people often ask questions like “how bright” or “how far” or “how old” when talking about stars and other deep sky objects. Today it is possible for amateur astronomers to find answers to these questions from observations using modest equipment. Amateurs can do real backyard science from detection of exoplanets to estimating the age of star clusters and more.
Ken Hose is an electronics engineer by training and has been doing scientific astro-imaging since 2009 from his backyard observatory in Wilsonville, Oregon. He also serves as an instructor/mentor for high school students at the Pine Mountain Observatory summer astronomy workshops. He will outline several of the backyard science astro-projects he has completed over the last several years to demonstrate what is possible to accomplish with modest equipment.