CCD Photometry from Inside the Light Dome

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Event hosted by the Desert Foothills Astronomy Club, your North Valley astronomy resource.

Date: Thursday January 18, 2018

Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)

Place: Classroom 4, Anthem Civic Building, 3701 W. Anthem Way, Anthem

Open to the public at no charge. Arrive early for good seats.

Tom Polakis will provide an introduction to CCD photometry, a method for measuring the brightness of celestial objects and how that brightness changes over time. It’s useful in the study of variable stars, rotating asteroids, exoplanet research, and nova discovery. Photometry is a somewhat technical topic, but our speaker will present the science at a basic level covering: hardware, methods, analysis, and examples. This lecture is suitable for beginners in astronomy, and experienced amateurs looking to expand on their hobby. There will be time for Q&A at the end of this 1-hour lecture.

This is Tom’s 6th presentation for our DFAC Lecture Series. He is a contributing editor to Astronomy Magazine, a member of SAC and EVAC, and an astronomy hobbyist since 1977.