Double Star Research
A Student-Centered
Community of Practice


110 page book containing 19 papers

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Edited by
 Jolyon Johnson



Foreword by
John Kenney

Published by
The Collins Foundation Press
2016

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Book Description
 
Since 2006, Dr. Russell Genet has taught an innovative astronomy research seminar at Cuesta College in which students conduct original scientific research primarily on visual double stars. As an authentic scientific investigation, these students co-author papers published in academic journals—a rare feat for undergraduates and high school students. The astronomy research seminar supplements the normal science education these students receive in school by offering them a glimpse of what real scientists do. In 2015, a number of students across the country formed small, local teams, each led by an assistant instructor to the seminar. These teams collaborated with experts in the field to complete their projects and in the process created a networked community of practice. Each team focused its research on visual double stars by contributing observations using a visual eyepiece, CCD camera, or speckle interferometry. A few teams studied techniques of finding orbital solutions. This book serves as a compilation of all student papers produced during the spring 2015 seminar.

About the Editor

Jolyon Johnson is a former student and long-term advisor of the astronomy research seminar.
Jolyon attended Cuesta College prior to receiving a Bachelor of Science in Geology from California State University, Chico. He has taught high school science in various capacities and just completed a Master in Teaching with an endorsement in science at the University of Washington, Seattle. He currently has eighteen co-authored publications in the Journal of Double Star Observations through his work with the astronomy research seminar and he co-edited The Double Star Reader: Selected Papers from the Journal of Double Star Observations.

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Contents

 

PART 1: VISUAL MEASUREMENTS

A Weekend Workshop on Double Stars for Students                                                                   
Mark Brewer, Chris Estrada, Reed Estrada, and Sean Gillette
 

Vanguard Preparatory School Observations of the Double Star STF 1692                                 
Serenity Anderson, Breck Buccola, Karen Garcia, Matthew Gosney, Jonathan Housatchenko, Lilian Martinez, Wyatt Myskow, Noah Renteria, Ruth Schlosser, Leone Thompson, Reed Estrada, and Chris Estrada

Student Measurements of the Double Star STFA 35 
Mark Brewer, Grace Bateman, Benjamin Funk, Isabella Giles, Lindsey Gillette, Tara Izadi,
Logan Moreno, Mikayla Rangel, Savanna Salazar, and Travis Gillette
 

Student Measurements of STFA 14 AC at Vanguard Preparatory School
Sean Gillette, Alex Archulet, Lizbeth Diaz, Kyle Gillespie, Timothy Gosney, Stephen Johnson,
Nikita Mohan, Jacob Rajacich, Nathaniel Roehl, Scotty Sharpe , and Kahaloha Whitt

Visual Measurements of the Double Star 23 ORI   
Crystal Collins, Sadie Wessel. Samantha Brown, Dylan Head, Alex McCombe, Garrett Hosier,
Russ Genet, Jolyon  Johnson, Joseph Carro, and Thomas J. Hollis

PART 2: CCD MEASUREMENTS ­

Accuracy and Precision of Multicolor Observations of Four Double Stars
J.D. Armstrong and Wyman Tong 

Astrometric Observations of Double Stars Using Altimira Observatory
Sherry Liang, Lucas Senkbeil, Karthik Nair, Robert K. Buchheim, Christine McNab, Kelsey Henry, and Heidi Newman

CCD Astrometry of the Four Components of STF 1088 
Stuart Martin, Linsey Daclison, Cathrina Ramos, Diana Castaneda, Russell Genet,
Kakkala Mohanan, and Joseph M. Carro

CCD Astrometry with Robotic Telescopes
Faisal AlZaben, Dewei Li, Yongyao Li, Aren Dennis, Michael Fene, Grady Boyce, and Pat Boyce

CCD Astrometric Measurements of WDS 04155+0611 
Zhixin Cao, Junyao Li, Jeff Li, Steve Qu, Michael Fene, Grady Boyce, and Pat Boyce

CCD Astrometry of Select Stars in the Washington Double Star Catalog 
Ashwini Iyer, Izzy Gross, Rachel Freed, Chris Spenner, Jolyon Johnson, and Russell Genet

PART 3: SPECKLE INTERFEROMETRY

Speckle Interferometry Measurements of STF 1670 AB and STF 919 ab, ac, bc
Ethan Wuthrich and Richard Harshaw 

Speckle Interferometric Measurements of STF 1223 and STF 1523AB
Kyle Dolbear and Richard Harshaw 

PART 4: ORBITAL ANALYSIS

A Program-Based Method of Plotting the Orbital Data of a Double Star
Nick Smith, Chris Foster, Blake Myers, Barbel Sepulveda, and Russell Genet  

Orbital Plotting of WDS 04545-0314 and WDS 04478+5318 
Nick Smith, Chris Foster, Blake Myers, Barbel Sepulveda, and Russell Genet 

PART 5: ARMY AND NAVY ACADEMY PILOT

Speckle Interferometry of KUI 71, A 351 AB, and A234 AB
Ayden Haen, David Hoffman, Blake Howard, and Grady Boyce  

Speckle Interferometry of HU 920 and A 2246
Young Cho, Arthur Chang, and Grady Boyce 

Two Unresolved Double Stars: chr 139 Aa.Ab and hds 2003
Zhixin Cao and Grady Boyce 

Two Unresolved Double Stars: hds 1615 and chr 138 Aa,Ab  
Christopher Salisbury, Elijah Countryman, Caleb Morris, and Grady Boyce

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