AAS 204th Meeting, June 2004
Session 35 Professional-Amateur Collaboration for Enhanced Research
Topical Session, Tuesday, June 1, 2004, 8:30-10:00am, 10:45am-12:30pm, 710/712

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[35.01] Amateur Astronomers As Both Observers & Data Analysts

C. A. Price, J. A. Mattei (AAVSO)

It is well known that amateur observers are full of ability and enthusiasm. Their sheer numbers are an important solution to problems such as weather and longitudinal gaps in coverage of the sky. However, they are also sophisticated professionals with experience and expertise in many high technology areas. They are just as willing to use their computer as their telescope to help professional astronomers. We present some ideas about how to leverage this untapped resource along with some examples and best practices.

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