Live Talks - May 13th - Everything Solar Astronomy!

Wednesday, May 13th, we’ll be hosting a YouTube live talk series on solar from how to capture, solar weather, eclipses and how to process those solar images and videos for the best results.  The Sun is our nearest star and a fascinating celestial object to study.  More details on speakers and schedules coming soon.


All times noted are Pacific.

8am - 12pm: LIVE SOLAR DEMO with STEPHEN RAMSDEN. This is pending clear skies, fingers crossed. In the event of clouds, Stephen does have a great solar presentation lined up as well.


1:30pm - 2:30pm CLAUDE PLYMATE

2:45 - 4:45pm SIMON TANG Solar Image Processing Techniques and Tips featuring DayStar Quarks



Stephen W. Ramsden is the founder and Director of the Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project, a nonprofit 501c3 active in 27 countries around the globe.   Stephen is an expert in solar spectroscopy and narrowband solar imaging and observation.
Co-winner of the very first Astro Oscar, Jen Winter has minor planet 37601VicJen named for her and her late husband Vic, for their outreach efforts.  A former editor of the Astronomical League Reflector and JPL Solar System Ambassador she has been an astrophotographer since 1998 with several APOD, magazines and textbook published works. Jen was found of the not-for-profit StarGarden Foundation for Astronomy outreach.  Jen has witnessed 11 total and 2 annular solar eclipses and has flown in Russia's zero gravity aircraft at Moscow's Space City training facility.
In her early astronomy career Jen formed Astronomical Tours, a company which organized and led dozens of international eclipse and astronomical expeditions.  She led the Southern Skies Star Party on the shores of Lake TIticaca for 12 years.  She chartered cruise ships, yachts, passenger aircraft, camels and cargo vessels to all 7 continents.  She even found a meteorite on one of these eclipse trips. Wherever Jen led a group, she always coordinated with locals to support local education and astronomy efforts.
Now, as the owner of Daystar Filters since 2006, Jen designs and fabricates solar filters and telescopes at their growing manufacturing  facility.  Since she owned the company, she designed modernized production and testing equipment and methodologies.  Her new innovations in product design have brought down the cost of entry for mid to large aperture H-alpha solar observing.   Jen and her team today develop and build customized solutions for some of the world's top researchers both on earth and in space.
Claude Plymate has over three decades of experience working in the field of solar astronomy. 
He is currently the Telescope Engineer and Chief Observer for the Big Bear Solar Observatory's 
1.6 meter Goode Solar Telescope. Prior to that, Claude was the Engineering Physicist and Site 
Manager for the National Solar Observatory’s (NSO) McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope on Kitt 
Peak, AZ.  
Claude discovered his passion for astronomy and an understanding of how the Universe works 
from attending an introductory astronomy course in college taught by a prof with an infectious 
enthusiasm for the subject. That led to changing his major to Physics/Astronomy and instilling a 
determination to make astronomy the focus of his life both professionally as well as personally. 
While working for the NSO, Claude was given the opportunity to return to school for his 
Master's degree. His thesis research focused on infrared spectroscopy of the temperature 
minimum region just above the solar photosphere. Results from his thesis, "Above Limb Imaging 
of the 4.7-Micron Fundamental Rotation-Vibration CO Lines", were presented at the 2004 
meeting of the American Astronomical Society.  
All through his career, he has tried to remember the enthusiasm and excitement that originally 
drew him to the subject and has tried to pass that along to others by leading tours of the 
telescopes he's worked at, by taking telescopes out to the public ("sidewalk astronomy"), joining 
and serving as an officer in local astronomy clubs and giving public lectures. 
Over the years, Claude has had the honor of working with and developed various astronomical 
instruments including the NSO/Kitt Peak Fourier Transform Spectrometer, Adaptive Optics (for 
both solar and planetary use), Infrared Dual-Beam Spectropolarimeters and a Lunar 
Coronagraphic Telescope for mapping the Moon's Sodium Exosphere. His work was recognized 
by being awarded the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy Innovation and 
Technology Award for 2001. 

Born in London, UK, Simon originally worked within the TV & Film industry before discovering Astronomy a little over 4 years ago. His passion for making the invisible, visible earned him the name of the Stupid Astronomer.  This moniker is not because of his antics or idiocy, but from the willingness to do things to better the understanding of various areas within the field of astrophotography and to pass on the information to others to help avoid the same mistakes.

After gaining notoriety for his APOD of the ISS transit during a solar eclipse, Simon has spent a lot of time doing solar imaging and perfecting his own technique and workflow.

This presentation will show case the Daystar Quark Gemini and the processing techniques used in order to achieve as much as possible while understanding the basics. The presentation will focus primarily on processing of data.


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