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NEXT OCA MEETING (FREE and open to the public)
Friday March 14th 2003 7:30pm

Featured Speaker

John E. Hoot
Software Systems Consulting.

Amateur/Professional Collaborations In Astronomy

John will present an examination of recent or ongoing collaborations between amateur and professional astronomers. In reviewing these projects, the talk will examine the opportunities, benefits and mutual expectations of such programs. Projects will be examined in a attempt to gain a appreciation for the elements key to successful collaborations. Ongoing project opportunities will be presented with specific information for prospective participants. Finally, potential new programs will be suggested and discussed.

John E. Hoot

Mr. Hoot is president and founder of Software Systems Consulting, an engineering design firm specializing in computerized robotics, instrumentation and signal processing hardware and software. He is a graduate electrical and computer engineer (University of Michigan '75) and has been a avid amateur astronomer for over 40 years.

Among his accomplishments are the design and development of the Meade Autostar telescope controller firmware, design and development of several commercial CCD imagers and autoguiders. He is the designer and builder of the Hoot-Vega Radio Telescope in Benson Arizona. An active observer from his automated observatory, his interests include astro imaging, photometry, astrometry, spectroscopy, radio astronomy, automated data collection and analysis. A popular lecturer and JPL Solar System Ambassador since 2001, he has presented at RTMC, IAPPP, AstroImage, MWI CUREA, TIE Workshops and at astronomy clubs throughout the southwest. His affiliations include IEEE, ACM, ASP, OCA, IAPPP, OPTAS. JPL SS Ambassadors and MWOA.


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