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OCA General Meeting
Friday May 13th, 2011, 7:30 PM
Chapman University
Free and open to public more

Mike Simonsen

This Can Be You!

Stand Back! We're Going To Try Science

Many astro-imagers find themselves running out of ideas for objects to observe, or they begin to feel restless looking for other challenges. There is hope for you- engage in science! There are lots of options for citizen scientists, and we will discuss them all, including variable star projects that can be done with backyard telescopes, CCDs and DSLRs.

Mike Simonsen
American Association of Variable Star Observers

Mike joined the AAVSO in 1998 and quickly became one of the world's leading variable star observers. He currently has over 65,000 variable star observations in the AAVSO International Database. As his passion for variable star science grew, so did Mike's involvement with the AAVSO.
In 2003, Mike was placed in charge of chart production for the AAVSO. He and his team of trained volunteers have produced thousands of new comparison star charts and sequences. In 2005, Simonsen received the AAVSO's highest honor, the AAVSO Director's Award. That same year he was elected to his first term on the AAVSO Council. In 2007, Mike was hired as the organization's first full-time Development Director, in charge of raising funds to ensure the security of the organization's endowments as well as the continuity and growth of the valuable services, programs and staff of the AAVSO.
Mike is now coordinator of the AAVSO Mentor Program, Speakers Bureau, Writers Bureau and the AAVSO Cataclysmic Variable Section. His current area of research is Z Cam type of dwarf novae, and he is the author or co-author of more than twenty peer-reviewed papers on cataclysmic variables.
Mike's astronomy blog, Simostronomy, is among the top science blogs on the Internet. He is also a cast member of the popular Slacker Astronomy podcast, a staff writer for Universe Today and has contributed articles to both Sky and Telescope and Astronomy's online magazines.
An animated and enthusiastic speaker, Mike gives talks on stellar astronomy and variable star science to astronomy clubs, organizations, conferences and university groups throughout the United States each year.
Mike's observatory, named after legendary AAVSO observer and chart maker, Charles E. Scovil, houses two 12" LX200 telescopes, one for visual use and one for CCD observations, or as Mike likes to joke, "One for each eye!" He is now amassing both visual and CCD observations from home and remote robotic telescopes.

Download opportunities in pro-am science collaborations

"What's Up?" in this month will be presented by Chris Butler

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