5 December 2018 at 2:34 pm #574197John CoffinParticipant
is there an up to date campaign list on the BAA website? I know there is a section on the ARAS website http://www.spectro-aras.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=2&sid=136acf7062160209125eba709553d834 but it is sometimes difficult to see what is still current.
I also look at the eruptive stars news letter on ARAS http://www.astrosurf.com/aras/novae/InformationLetter/InformationLetter.html
It would help me if there was somewhere where the information was all in one place. Does anyone know if there is a list anywhere?13 December 2018 at 12:44 pm #580394Andy WilsonKeymaster
There aren’t any official BAA spectroscopy campaigns, though notifications of requests from researchers are sometimes posted to the BAA forum. See Robin’s recent posts for requested spectra on X Per from Dr Paul Roche.
The VSS also runs an Yahoo alert group where any targets of interest or requests for observations are posted, and this includes requests for spectroscopy.
I think a list of current targets is a great idea, though we’d need a volunteer to maintain a list.
Andy15 December 2018 at 9:08 am #580400David BoydParticipant
The AAVSO maintains a list of observing campaigns at https://www.aavso.org/aavso-alert-notices-for-observing-campaigns-and-discoveries
A recent example was the request from Dr Moritz Guenther at MIT for observations of Herbig Ae/Be stars which he and colleagues were planning to observer with the X-ray satellite Chandra. https://www.aavso.org/aavso-alert-notice-658
These are practical opportunities for amateurs to make a useful contribution to the progress of science. Those of us who participated have received encouraging positive feedback from him.
David15 December 2018 at 10:06 am #580401Jeremy ShearsParticipant
I’m running a campaign on a far northerly cataclysmic variable over the next 3 months. This is photometry, rather than spectroscopy, but you’d be welcome to join.
Jeremy15 December 2018 at 6:37 pm #580403Robin LeadbeaterParticipant
I see campaign announcements and requests for spectra coming from many directions with varying degrees of formality. (The ARAS forum for example has specific areas for campaigns and alerts). I have relayed details of some of them on this forum that I have either received direct or seen elsewhere but they can tend to get lost as they eventually scroll off the bottom of the page.
A sticky post which would stay at the top of the spectroscopy section of the forum that anyone could add to if they come across campaigns might work. (Andy and I did try this with my post on target results for ALPY observing and data reduction but it seems to have come unstuck). Adding information about a campaign announced elsewhere would not oblige the poster to coordinate it or follow it up unless they wanted to take on that responsibility. It would be up to the individual contributor to do that with the PI concerned.
Here are a few examples from me on this forum
also some run by Ernst Pollman eg
Robin16 December 2018 at 11:57 am #580406Andy WilsonKeymaster
Unfortunately the sticky posts is not working properly. I just tried removing and adding back the ‘sticky’. At first it was at the top of the Spectroscopy forum with the word sticky next to it, but as soon as another post was added the word ‘sticky’ vanished and it moved down the list.
I have added it to the list of Website Operations Team tasks, though it might need to wait until the next website upgrade to fix it.
Andy19 December 2018 at 4:46 pm #580415John CoffinParticipant
Another idea would be to put an agreed key word or phrase in posts about spectroscopy campaigns so that they were searchable, and also a way of ordering search results by date. An alternative, though maybe messy idea, would be to have a forum just for campaigns. Thanks everyone for all the ideas, maybe it’s something to discuss at the forthcoming spectroscopy workshops.
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