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Thomas Eversberg

Spectroscopic madness - A golden age for amateurs

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Today, professional instrumentation is dominated by heavily oversubscribed telescopes which focus mainly on a limited number of ”fashionable” research topics. As a result, time acquisition for massive star research including extended observation campaigns, becomes more difficult. On the other hand, massive star investigations by amateur astronomers performing spectroscopic measurements are on a level which can fulfill professional needs. I describe the instrumentation available to the amateurs, their observational skills and the potential contribution they can make to the professional community.

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Thomas Eversberg, «Spectroscopic madness - A golden age for amateurs», Bulletin de la Société Royale des Sciences de Liège [En ligne], Volume 80 - Année 2011, 469 - 474 URL :

About: Thomas Eversberg

Schnörringen Telescope Science Institute (STScI), Am Kielshof 21a, 51105 Köln, Germany