ASW2020 Description and Schedule


Spectroscopy Workshop (ASW2020)


Our in-depth four-day online spectroscopy program directed by Ken Hudson (and based on his Sacramento Mountain Spectroscopy Workshop model with Joe Daglen) includes presentations by experienced amateur astronomers and professional astronomers. These presentations will teach you about the hardware and software used by amateurs and introduce you to the kinds of projects you can do as an amateur and how to contribute to pro / am collaborations. In addition, the professional astronomers speaking at ASW2020 will provide context and detail regarding the astrophysics of spectra and their own research projects. 

For 2020, this workshop has been formatted to fit your screen: therefore, it does not have a "hands-on" component, so you are not expected to own or use anything in order to participate. Attendees should note for their own pursuit of spectroscopy, however, that almost all software used by amateur spectroscopists runs on Microsoft Windows, as will most of the software demonstrated in this workshop. Some presentations will also use Python, which would potentially provide cross-platform support for Windows users. Attendees are not required, however, to have access to Windows.


(Please note--schedule may be subject to change)

 Day 1: Saturday, October 31 

15:00–16:30 UT: Introduction to spectroscopy (part 1)—Ken Hudson & Francois Cochard

16:30–16:40 UT: Break

16:40–17:40 UT: Introduction to spectroscopy (part 2)—Ken Hudson & Francois Cochard


 Day 2: Friday, November, 6 

16:00–16:45 UT: Keynote—Pro/Am collaborations on Be stars—Dr Coralie Neiner (Observatoire de Paris)

16:45–17:30 UT: AAVSO Spectroscopy—Dr Stella Kafka (AAVSO Executive Director)

17:30–17:40 UT: Break

17:40–18:25 UT: Let the Earth do the work! High Quality Spectra at Low Cost with the Drift Scanning 

                            Method—Lauren Herrington

18:25–19:10 UT: Planetary Nebula—Olivier Garde and Pascal Le Dû

19:10–19:20 UT: Special appearance by Vincent Suc and Andres Jordan on Telescope Hosting

19:20–20:05 UT: Using Python to analyse spectra in the ARAS database—David Boyd

20:05–20:50 UT: Symbiotic Stars—Francois Teyssier


 Day 3: Saturday, November 7 

16:00–16:45 UT: Keynote—The Science Case for the UVEX—Dr Drew Chojnowski (New Mexico State


16:45–17:30 UT: UVEX Production Update—Francois Cochard

17:30–17:40 UT: Special presentation by Dr. Qiu on CMOS and CCD cameras

17:40–18:40 UT: Simultaneous break-out sessions. The options:

                             Star Analyzer—Tom Field     

                             Lhires III—Francois Cochard

                             Alpy—Bob Buchheim

18:40–18:50 UT: Break

18:50–19:50 UT: Simultaneous break-out sessions. The options:

                             DIY Spectrographs—Tony Rodda

                             eShel—Olivier Thizy

                             Lisa—Olivier Garde

19:50–20:00 UT: Break

20:00–20:45 UT: How to Organize Your Observing Sessions—Woody Sims


 Day 4: Sunday, November 8 

16:00–16:45 UT: Keynote—Topic TBD—Prof. Katherine Blundell (Oxford University)

16:45–17:30 UT: Data Reduction with Python—Prof. David Whelan (Austin College)

17:30–17:40 UT: Break

17:40–18:40 UT: Simultaneous break-out sessions. The options:

                             Demetra—Francois Cochard

                             ISIS, High Res—Al Stiewing

                             Rspec—Tom Field

18:40–18:50 UT: Break

18:50–19:35 UT: UVEX Data Reduction—Christian Buil and Valerie Desnoux

19:35–20:35 UT: Reading Nature's Fingerprints: Spectroscopic Conversations—Prof. Steve Shore (Universita di Pisa) and Woody Sims