The AAVSO will be holding a week-long "CCD School" from July 30 through August 3, 2012.  The school will take place at Tufts University, located a couple of miles from AAVSO HQ.  The school is designed for those who have some experience with a CCD system, and who want to learn how to take professional-quality data. The classes will cover calibration of the equipment, observing guidelines, photometric and image processing techniques, transformation of data, statistics and basic data-mining concepts.  Projects will be assigned using AAVSOnet data.  The principle instructor will be Arne Henden; we may have guest instructors for specific topics. 

Class size will be limited, so registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis (we do expect the School to be held in additional years if successful).

More information about what will be included during your stay at Tufts:

  • Meals: Dinner on Sunday 7/29th through Breakfast on Saturday 8/4
  • Free on-campus parking
  • Wifi is available in dorms and throughout campus buildings at no cost.
  • Accommodations:  Dormitory rooms are furnished with twin beds, bureaus, desks, chairs, a closet and air-conditioning. Each room is also supplied with linens, pillows, blankets, towels, soap and a guest guide for answers to any questions about Tufts facilities and services. Lockable shared bathrooms are located along the hallway.
  • Residential Amenities:  Each residential hall is equipped with laundry facilities, vending machines and various recreational options (pool tables, ping pong tables, video games, etc.). All of residential halls are staffed 24 hours a day by a member of the conference staff to insure your convenience and security. The hospitality/security desk offers message and fax services, sells various snacks and other lodging essentials, and can make suggestions on area restaurants and attractions.
  • Library: Conference participants are invited to make full use of the Tufts Tisch Library. Whether you are seeking a quiet room to study, read or you are interested in borrowing the latest best sellers, Tisch library is available for your use.
  • Access to Tufts athletic facilities is included for all conference participants.

Note for participants choosing to sign up for the "no sleeping room" option: All other items listed above are included (meals, parking, etc.).


  •    All classes, all meals, and a single air-conditioned room: $1190
  •    All classes, all meals, and a space in a double air-conditioned room: $1050 (If you do not have a roommate in mind, we will try to match you with another participant.  If we are unable to find a roommate for you, then you must upgrade to a single room or cancel your participation at least 30 days prior to the start date of the CCD school.)
  •    All classes, all meals with no sleeping room: $830

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