Sunday, May 19, 2013

1305.3647 (O. Mousis et al.)

Instrumental Methods for Professional and Amateur Collaborations in Planetary Astronomy    [PDF]

O. Mousis, R. Hueso, J. -P. Beaulieu, S. Bouley, B. Carry, F. Colas, A. Klotz, C. Pellier, J. -M. Petit, P. Rousselot, M. Ali Dib, W. Beisker, M. Birlan, C. Buil, A. Delsanti, E. Frappa, H. B. Hammel, A. -C. Levasseur-Regourd, G. S. Orton, A. Sanchez-Lavega, A. Santerne, P. Tanga, J. Vaubaillon, B. Zanda, D. Baratoux, T. Boehm, V. Boudon, A. Bouquet, L. Buzzi, J. -L. Dauvergne, A. Decock, M. Delcroix, P. Drossart, N. Esseiva, G. Fischer, L. N. Fletcher, S. Foglia, J. M. Gomez-Forrellad, J. Guarro-Flo, D. Herald, F. Kugel, J. -P. Lebreton, J. Lecacheux, A. Leroy, L. Maquet, G. Masi, A. Maury, F. Meyer, S. Pérez-Hoyos, A. S. Rajpurohit, C. Rinner, J. H. Rogers, F. Roques, R. W. Schmude, Jr., B. Sicardy, B. Tregon, M. Vanhuysse, A. Wesley, T. Widemann
Amateur contributions to professional publications have increased exponentially over the last decades in the field of Planetary Astronomy. Here we review the different domains of the field in which collaborations between professional and amateur astronomers are effective and regularly lead to scientific publications. We discuss the instruments, detectors, softwares and methodologies typically used by amateur astronomers to collect the scientific data in the different domains of interest. Amateur contributions to the monitoring of planets and interplanetary matter, characterization of asteroids and comets, as well as the determination of the physical properties of Kuiper Belt Objects and exoplanets are discussed.
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