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Workshop Plans and Schedule

The Schedule

October 3rd

Inaugural Session

Chair : Prof. Mridula Mukherjee

Inaugural Address 10:00-10:15 AM Prof. Yashpal

Key Note Address 10:15 - 10:45 AM Prof. Tushar Prabhu, Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore

The spirit of Astronomers Without Borders 10:45-10:55 Mike Simmons, President Astronomers without Borders, Co-Chair, 100 Hours of Astronomy, Cornerstone Project for the International Year of Astronomy

The spirit of "The World at Night" 10:55-11:00 Babak Tafreshi, Director, The World at Night, Special Project of the International Year of Astronomy

Young Speaker reacting to the session : Megha Rajoria, Moti Lal Nehru College

Tea 11:00-11:15 AM

The timings are inclusive of 5 minutes for discussions

Nature is inexhaustible

Chair : Prof. Tushar Prabhu

From Stars to Quasars 11:15-11:50 Prof. Patrick Das Gupta, Delhi University

The Active Sun 11:50-12:15 PM Prof. Wahabuddin, Aryabhatta Institute of Observational Sciences, Nainital

Young Speaker reacting to the session : Rohan Mittal, Indore University

Landscape Astrophotography

Chair : Mike Simmons

Landscape Astrophotography 12:15-1:00 Babak Tafreshi, Director, The World at Night

Basic Astrophotography and Star Trails 1:00-1:20 C.B. Devgun, President, S.P.A.C.E.

Young Speaker reacting to the session : Raghu Kalra Ryan International School

Lunch 1:20-2:10 PM

The Techniques

Chair : Babak Tafreshi

Polar alignment 2:10-2:30 PM Vikrant Narang, S.P.A.C.E.

Still Camera/piggy back/prime focus/afocal/eye piece projection issues 2:30-3:00 PM Ajay Talwar, Head, Instrumentation and Observations, S.P.A.C.E.

Digital astrophotography: with webcams,SLR and CCD cameras 3:00-3:20 Stephan Seip, Stuttgart, Germany

Young Speaker reacting to the session Ashmeet Singh Birla Vidya Niketan

Tea 3:20-3:30 PM

Imaging and Processing

Chair : Dr. Anuj Sinha

Imaging the Sun 3:30-4:00 PM Gernot Meiser, Saarluis, Germany

Imaging the planets 4:00-4:10 PM Ajay Talwar

Aspects of Image Processing 4:10-4:30 PM Stephan Seip, Germany

Deep Sky Astrophotography 4:30-5:10 Dr. Suresh Mohan, Chennai

Special Discussion Planned activities for the International Year of Astronomy, by the NCSTC 5:10 : 5:30 PM Ujjwala Tirkey, NCSTC

Young Speaker reacting to the session Thiru Senthil

October 4th

Afternoon sessions

Astronomy with Cameras

Chair : Prof. Tushar Prabhu

CCD photometry Dr. Padmakar Parihar 11:00-11:45

Science with webcam imaging Stephan Seip 11:45-12:30

Young Speaker reacting to the session Nikhil Pawar

Lunch 12:30 - 1:30

Astronomy with small apertures

Celestial Variability 2:00-2:30 Dr. Santosh Joshi, Aryabhatta Institute of Observational Sciences, Nainital

Possible Science with a B/W CCD and small telescopes 2:30-3:00 Prof. S.K. Pandey, Pt. Ravi Shankar Shukla University, Raipur

Comet Imaging and Science 3:00- 3:30 Pawan Chakravarty, IIIT, Allahabad

Young Speaker reacting to the session Tushar Gupta

Tea 4:00-4:15

Start for Nuh at 4:30

Overnight Observations at Nuh

Demonstration of Landscape Astrophotography by Babak Tafreshi, Gernot Meiser and C.B. Devgun

Demonstration of Planetary Imaging by Stephan Seip, Ajay Talwar, Ashmeet, Avnish and S. Venkatesh

Webcam imaging of Jupiter - in participant groups, with help from volunteers

The Sky by Amar Sharma

Polar alignment issues demonstrated by Ajay Talwar, Vikrant Narang and Dr. Suresh Mohan

Deepsky Imaging by Dr. Suresh Mohan

Observations by participants with their own cameras, using barndoor mounts that will be provided

October 5th

Afternoon Sessions

Astronomy with archives

Multiwavelength astronomy with spacecraft archives 2:00-2:30 Jayant Murthy, Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore

Student projects with HST and UMASS data 3:00-3:30 Priya Hassan, Osmania University

Young Speaker reacting to the session Avnish

Earth, its atmosphere and Light Pollution Concerns

Extinction, sky background and seeing by Padmakar Parihar 3:45-4:15

World wide efforts towards Light Pollution Measurements by Mike Simmons 4:15-4:45

Digital Camera images of the sky for measuring light pollution Anurag Garg 4:45-5:15

Measuring Light pollution "project dark skies" - A student's project by C B Devgun 5:15-5:35

Young Speaker reacting to the session Gunjan Bansal

Public Events

Taare Sadak Par

A little skygazing from a planetarium sky theatre and public discussion on light pollution concerns 5:30 PM

Tea 6:30 PM

Laakhon Taare Aasmaan Par 7:00 - 9:00 PM

A musical evening with the few wan stars still visible from central Delhi - in the backlawns of the Teen Murti House

Laakhon taare aasmaan par, ek magar dhoondhe na mila ...

October 6th

The last day of the workshop is mainly meant for the participants to discuss possible long term projects that they could undertake, with some guidance through the online group interaction, which will include all the speakers and will also have other members from all over the world, who could help in this.

There will be some presentations before the open discussions by participants, which will be mainly related to possible small celestial science with moderate apertures and amateur imaging


Timings are inclusive of 5 minutes for discussions

Chair : Dr. Priya Hasan

Small Science with webcam imaging 10:00-10:20 Stepham Seip, Germany

Celestial Variability 10:20-11:00 Dr. Santosh Joshi, ARIES, Nainital

Variable star photometry 11:-00-11:20 Dr. Kurtadikar

CCD Photometry projects for students 11:20-11:40 Sukanto Deb, Delhi University

Tea: 11:40-11:50

Chair: Prof. Jayant Murthy

Vigyan Prasar activities and projects for the International Year of Astronomy 11:50-12:15 Arvind Ranade, Vigyan Prasar

(Open Discussions (preliminary) - the open discussion session is actually post lunch, but, this segment is for participants who are leaving early )

Nukkad Natak - Taare Sadak Par - a street play on light pollution awareness 12:30-12:45

Measuring Light pollution "project dark skies" by C B Devgun 12:45-1:00

Lunch 1:00-2:00

Project Discussions

These will be open discussions which the participants could use as a sounding board for thinking of possible observing/imaging/analysis/astronomy awareness/inter disciplinary connections/just-plain-fun projects to undertake in the coming months

Chair : Mike Simmons, Astronomers without Borders

Star Peace at the borders Irene Shivaei, from Iran

Nepal Astronomical Society

Bangalore Astronomical Society

Gujrat Amateur Astronomers - Bhuj, Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Veraval, Surat

Goa amateur astronomy activities

TANASTRO from Chennai

All other open discussions :-)

On the beginning of our year long (and more) of family interactions and projects

Thank You,

Prof. Yashpal, Prof. Tushar Prabhu, Ajay Talwar, CB Devgun, Vikrant Narang, Raghu, Nikhil, Megha, Mayank, Ashmeet and everyone

All the staff of Nehru Planetarium, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library

All the speakers and all the participants who have come from such widely separated locations

S.P.A.C.E. and the wonderful experience of the Nuh observations

TWAN and its inspiration

National Bal Bhavan and in particular, Asha Bhattacharjee, Aswini, Neha and her music group

Indian Institute of Astrophysics

Aryabhata Institute of Observational Sciences

Vigyan Prasar

National Council of Science Technology and Communication

And the spirit of Astronomers without Borders

Sandbox for Invited Speakers

Some Notes

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