Pan STARRS announcement

10 years 11 months ago #75347 by dmcdona

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10 years 11 months ago #75350 by phoenix
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Looks like the amateur is gradually being squeezed out of this area of astronomy aswell as elsewhere. Amateurs may be reduced to supplying follow up data only.

Lets hope it has major teething problems ;)

Kieran
16" ODK (incoming), Mesu Mount 200, APM TMB 80mm, SXV H16, SXV H9
J16 An Carraig Observatory
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10 years 11 months ago #75357 by Seanie_Morris
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phoenix wrote:

Lets hope it has major teething problems ;)


That's the spirit Kieran! Don't let those supercool, superbig, super powerful telescopes funded with supermillions mounted with a super digital camera get you down...

Seanie.

: cheer:

Midlands Astronomy Club.
Radio Presenter (Midlands 103), Space Enthusiast, Astronomy Outreach Co-ordinator.
Former IFAS Chairperson and Secretary.

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10 years 11 months ago #75362 by DaveGrennan
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It will still be a while before PANSTARRS has the sort of impact that has long been hoped by some and feared by many!

There is still a lof of amateur discoveries to be made yet!

Regards and Clear Skies,

Dave.
J41 - Raheny Observatory.
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10 years 11 months ago #75364 by dmcdona
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I think the biggests problems they will have will be in the data analysis area. For the amount of data (the eventual number of scopes) will collect, they'll need some seriously heavyweight processing power to crunch it all.

I'd also agree with Dave G that it looks like it'll be a while before the project is fully off the ground and so we (amateurs) can still contribute. Furthermore, for those who want to get into photometry, Pan STARRS will in fact be a bonus.

I guess as ever, its a case of "watch this cpace..."

Dave

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10 years 11 months ago #75366 by phoenix
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They may do something like galaxy zoo and farm out the data to amateurs.

Kieran
16" ODK (incoming), Mesu Mount 200, APM TMB 80mm, SXV H16, SXV H9
J16 An Carraig Observatory
ancarraigobservatory.co.uk/

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10 years 11 months ago #75370 by dmcdona
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I'm not sure they can or will. I'm sure I read somewhere that when fully operational they'll be pumping out something like 1TB of data per night - that would be really hard to divvy up. Besides, the data will *have* to be analysed - you can't rely on amateurs (unpaid) to do that. Also, their funding is from government/military sources - I'm sure they'll want to *scrub* the data before its is released, even internally...

Still, I'd be hopeful that archive data would become available for use by the wider community at some point (e.g. like the DSS).

Dave

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10 years 11 months ago - 10 years 11 months ago #75371 by DaveGrennan
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Yeah anything like that with military funding will not divulge any data to anybody let alone amateurs. Sure LINEAR wont even supply the Minor Planet Centre with data apart from discoveries and NEO candidates.

Regards and Clear Skies,

Dave.
J41 - Raheny Observatory.
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