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Exoplanet Observing CHOICE course

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Exoplanet Observing CHOICE course


If you are interested in exoplanet observing but have not yet taken Dennis Conti's excellent course, now is your chance! It begins next Monday, February 5 and runs for four weeks. As with all CHOICE courses, instruction is given 100% online. Here is the course description:

Exoplanet Observing

This course is designed to provide participants with the basics of how to conduct their own exoplanet observations. With the scheduled launch of TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) in March 2018, this course offering is especially timely.

The first half of the course will cover the fundamentals of high precision photometry, as well as the various phases of an exoplanet observation. The second half will review the use of AstroImageJ (AIJ) for image reduction and exoplanet transit modeling. In addition, the future of exoplanet observing using small telescopes will be discussed, as well as ways in which amateur astronomers can contribute to exoplanet research, including contributions to the TESS mission.

The course will use “A Practical Guide to Exoplanet Observing” as its primary text, as well as a set of sample exoplanet observations, both of which can be found at Video modules will lead participants through each part of the course and participants will be required to take a quiz after each module.

Participants must successfully pass each quiz to successfully pass the course. A private forum will be available to participants in order to communicate with each other, as well as the instructor.


The fee for AAVSO members is $35.00. Non-members pay $60.00. Registrations are available on a first-come, first-served basis.


AAVSO 49 Bay State Rd. Cambridge, MA 02138 617-354-0484