752 page book containing 18 chapters

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Edited by
 Russell Genet, Jolyon Johnson, Bob Buchheim,
& Richard Harshaw

Published by
The Collins Foundation Press

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Book Description
Small telescope astronomical research has grown in the last few decades, due in large part to the development of low cost, yet high quality, telescopes and instruments, as well as their detectors and remote access over the Internet. Today, many professional, amateur, undergraduate, and high school student astronomers are conducting their research in partnerships referred to as “communities of practice.” This handbook describes how these communities of practice are formed and how everyone can contribute to science through published research. Although this book focuses on student-led small telescope research, the same principles apply to professional- and amateur-led research. A specific example, double stars, is used to illustrate how a small telescope science research project can be completed and submitted for publication within a modest timeframe.

About the Editors

Russell Genet is a Research Scholar in Residence at California Polytechnic University, an Adjunct Professor of Astronomy at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, CA, and an Editor of the Journal of Double Star Observations.  

Jolyon Johnson is a physics teacher at Sammamish High School in Bellevue, Washington and also an Editor of the Journal of Double Star Observations.  

Robert Buchheim is the President of the Society for Astronomical Sciences.  

Richard Harshaw is a professional developer of self-paced learning units and has studied double stars for decades.

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I.   Student-Centered Research

    1.   Team Research within Communities of Practice
    2.   The Astronomy Research Seminar

II.   The Student Team Research Process 

    3.   Planning Projects
    4.   Managing Projects
    5.   Writing and Editing Papers
    6.   Giving Talks
    7.   Presenting Posters

 III.   Astronomical Research

    8.   Small Telescope Research
    9.   Robotic Telescopes
   10.   Precision and Accuracy
   11.   Astronomical Cameras
   12.   Double Star Astrometry
   13.   Exoplanet Transit Photometry

 IV.   Selected Published Papers

   14.   Visual Eyepiece Astrometry
   15.   CCD Camera Astrometry
   16.   Speckle Interferometry
   17.   Technology Advances
   18.   Astronomy Research Seminar


    A.   Speckle Tool Box
    B.   Displaying Orbital Plots
    C.   Maui Double Star Conference
    D.   Publication Formatting Guide
    E.   Speckle Interferometry Thesis

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