The AAVSO online forums and chat room are available to the public (except where otherwise noted). However, we ask all forum participants to adhere to the following rules:
April 6, 2012 Update: The talk is over and went very well. We had a max of around 22 participants and the interaction with Bob was very informative. We attempted to record the talk using the built-in recording feature of the webinar software we are using (GoToWebinar by Citrix). It created a Windows Media Video (.wmv) file that plays correctly on a few Windows computers we tested on. However, when we tested it on OS X machines using a wide variety of video players we could never get it to fully work. We also attempted to upload it to YouTube and their software rejected the format as well. So we can't promise it will work on all computers. We are investigating alternatives for recording future webinars.
(There is some technical chit chat at the beginning - you may want to skip 5-10 minutes into the recording for the good stuff)
On 13 September, 2011, we had the good fortune to have Dr. Michael Richmond, Physics Professor and Observatory Director for the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York chat with us about SN 2011fe and supernova photometry in general. Here is the transcript from that chat session.
We will be hosting three online chat sessions for beginners to the AAVSO during the week of July 25, 2011. Below are the list of the chat topics. However, feel free to bring up any topic at any chat.
The chat room can be accessed by pointing your browser here. Details about how to use dedicated chat clients are here.
Beginner Chat #1: Visual Observing
Monday, July 25 at 9pm eastern (-4UT)