Solar Eclipse August 1999 Symposium:

Research Amateur Astronomy in the VLT Era

Garching (near Munich), Germany, August 7-13, 1999

Dedicated to the memory of Donald F. Trombino, 1940-1998


Saturday, 7 August 1999: ESO building

16:00- Registration
18:00-20:00 Welcome Event

Sunday, 8 August 1999: ESO auditorium

09:30-10:00 Opening of the symposium
10:00-12:30 Session I: Solar System (chair: Niels Nelson)
10:00-10:20 Peter Völker (Wilhelm-Foerster-Observatory, Berlin, Germany):
The Life and Times of Donald F. Trombino (1940-1998)
10:25-10:45 David Lunt (Coronado Instrument Group, Pearce, USA):
Monochromatic Studies of the Sun Using Fabry-Perot Filters with Robotic Telescopes
10:50-11:20 Coffee break
11:20-11:40 Mark Kidger (IAC, Tenerife, Spain):
Meteor Outbursts - Amateur Visual Observations are more valuable than ever
11:45-12:05 Wid J. Painter (High Point University, Jamestown, USA):
The Collection and Analysis of Micrometeorites in North Carolina
12:10-12:30 Discussion round: Solar system observations
12:30-14:00 Lunch
14:00-16:30 Session II: Observational Techniques
and Monitoring Observations
14:00-14:20 Wolfgang Beisker (IOTA/ES, München, Germany):
The Investigation of Planetary Atmospheres by Stellar Occultations
14:25-14:45 Gerardo Avila (ESO, Garching, Germany):
Amateur Spectral Observations
14:50-15:20 Coffee break
15:20-15:40 Mark Kidger (IAC, Tenerife, Spain):
Amateur Blazar Monitoring - Outburst Alerts
15:45-16:05 John Mattox (Inst. for Astroph. Research, Boston Univ., USA):
A Proposed Automatic Telescope Network (ATN) for Multi-Longitude Photometry
16:10-16:30 Discussion round:
Observational techniques and monitoring observations
19:00-21:00 Visit to the public observatory Munich (Volkssternwarte)
(with guided tour)

Monday, 9 August 1999: ESO auditorium

09:30-12:30 Session III:
Perspectives of Astronomy with the VLT
09:30-11:00 Richard West (ESO, Garching, Germany):
The VLT project - Science and Technology
(partly with video-link to the VLT control room at Paranal)
11:00-11:30 Coffee break
11:30-12:15 Hans Ulrich Kaeufl (ESO, Garching, Germany):
Infrared Astronomy with the VLT
12:15-13:00 Press conference
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:00 Session II (continued): Observational Techniques
and Monitoring Observations
14:00-14:30 David Dunham (IOTA, USA):
Observing the August 11th Solar Eclipse near the Edges of the Path of Totality
14:35-14:55 Andrea Richichi (Oss. Astrofis. di Arcetri, Firenze, Italy):
Lunar Occultations as a Simple Tool for High Angular Resolution Astronomy
15:00-15:30 Coffee break
15:30-17:00 Session IV: Light Pollution (chair: David L. Crawford)
15:30-15:50 David L. Crawford (IDA, Inc., Tucson, USA):
Light Pollution - Preserving Our Dark Skies
15:55-16:15 Mary Crawford (IDA, Inc., Tucson, USA):
IDA, A Status Report
16:20-16:40 Mario Di Sora (Campocatino Astronomical Obs., Guarcino, Italy):
Rules and Laws against Light Pollution in Italy
16:45-17:00 Discussion round: Light pollution

Tuesday, 10 August 1999: ESO auditorium

09:30-12:30 Session V: The Contribution
of Amateurs to Astronomy (chair: Mark Kidger)
09:30-09:50 Hideo Sato (National Astronomical Observatory, Mitaka, Japan):
Photometric and Polarimetric Observations of VV Cephei
09:55-10:15 Salvador Sanchez (Obs. Astronomic de Mallorca, Costitx, Spain):
Astrosplai i natura (educational project) in OAM
10:20-10:40 Carolyn Collins Petersen (Sky Publishing Corp., Cambridge, USA):
New Models for Professional-Amateur Cooperation
10:45-11:15 Coffee break
11:15-11:35 Fred A. Ringwald (Florida Inst. of Technology, Melbourne, USA):
The International Small Telescope Cooperative
11:40-12:00 David L. Crawford (IDA, Inc., Tucson, USA):
A Few Other Areas of Collaboration
12:05-12:30 Discussion round: Contributions of amateurs to astronomy
12:30-14:00 Lunch
14:00-17:00 Session VI: Solar Eclipses (chair: Klaus Reinsch)
14:00-14:30 Dietmar Staps (VdS Solar Section, Wiesbaden, Germany):
Observing Solar Eclipses
14:35-14:50 Bill Kramer (Columbus Astronomical Society, Dublin, USA):
Eclipse Photographs Through a Small Telescope
14:55-15:10 Ted Saker, Jr. (Columbus Astronomical Society, Columbus, USA):
Amateur Videotaping of Solar Eclipses
15:15-15:45 Coffee break
15:45-16:00 Dietmar Staps, Gerd Schröder (VdS Solar Section):
Eclipse Weather Prospects for Central Europe
16:05-16:35 Gerd Schröder (VdS Solar Section, Gauting, Germany):
Eclipse Observing Sites in the Garching Area
16:40-17:00 Discussion round: Eclipse observations

Wednesday, 11 August 1999: ESO grounds / Munich area

08:00 Departure for observing sites
09:00-15:00 Instrument preparations, eclipse observations
16:00 Return to Garching
19:00-23:00 Eclipse Party (Bürgerhaus Garching)
Live music with video presentations and first results from the eclipse

Thursday, 12 August 1999:

08:00-20:00 Excursion to the Wendelstein Observatory
and to Lake Chiemsee

Friday, 13 August 1999:
End of meeting

Klaus Reinsch, Universitäts-Sternwarte Göttingen
last update: July 26, 1999