Third Annual AAVSO CCD School

Once again the AAVSO will be holding a week-long CCD School taught by AAVSO Director, Arne Henden!  The school will run August 4-8, 2014 and all classes will take place at AAVSO Headquarters in Cambridge, MA.  Arne will be retiring in early 2015, so this may be your last chance to take this in-depth course.

The CCD 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.  Laptops are not needed for participation, but can be useful in following the classroom examples.  Bring any questions and imaging problems that you might have - this is the perfect venue to get help!

Class size will be limited, so registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.  The 2012 CCD School sold out, so register early to ensure a spot!

Registration: (Includes text book, M-F daily classes, daily breaks & lunches.)

  • Member Registration Fee: $500
  • Non-Member Registration Fee: $585 (includes membership through 2014)

CLICK HERE to purchase registration via the AAVSO Online Store.
(NOTE: You must be logged into the website to get the member rate!)

Suggested Accommodations:
Hotels may fill up quickly, so consider making a reservation asap.  (You can cancel the reservation without penalty as long as you give appropriate notice.)

The Best Western Tria is located within walking distance of the AAVSO at 220 Alewife Brook Pkwy, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02138.  The Best Western is offering a special group rate of $179 per night plus tax.  Reservations can be made by calling 617-491-8000 or 866-333-8742.  Please be sure to mention the AAVSO to get the group rate.

The Homewood Suites hotel is located a short drive from AAVSO HQ at 1 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, Massachusetts, 02474.  (This location may be best suited for those with cars as you must provide your own daily transportation to the AAVSO.)  Current rates for the dates of the CCD School range from $279 to $300 per night.  All rooms in this hotel are equipped with kitchens.

Bed and Breakfasts near HQ

Those interested in possibly sharing a room to cut costs can contact us to be put on a room mate matching list.  (For the best match, please include your arrival and departure dates.)