Ideas & Discussions

  • Things to do on cloudy nights:
    • Listen to astronomy podcasts
    • Watch documentaries
      • Cosmos
    • Watch sci-fi
      • Alien
      • Contact
  • Student Presentations
    • Limits on effective angular resolution
      • Pixel width
      • Diffraction
      • Seeing
      • In-Scope thermals
    • Benefits of Image Stacking
      • Tracking
      • CCD Noise
      • Seeing
        • Speckle Imaging - shift-and-add
          • Produces Gaussian blurs
        • Lucky Imaging
          • Picks statistically best exposures
        • Speckle Masking - bispectral analysis
          • Best Software?
        • Aperture Mask Interferometry
          • Practical?
    • Potential Improvements to UMBC Scope
      • Automated Shot Scheduler
      • High-Bandwidth Speckle Imager
      • Remote Spotting Scope
      • Fixing Remote Filterwheel
  • Research Interests
    • Telescope Engineering
    • ?
  • Guest Speakers
  • Potential Observation Targets
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