2012 programme

Mon 9th 09:00-16:00

Sixth Trans-Tasman Symposium on Occultations

The Sixth Trans-Tasman Symposium on Occultations (TTSO6) will be held as part of NACAA XXV. It will feature a number of presentations focusing on observation results of lunar grazes and asteroidal occultations from the past year as well as updates on the new features in occultation software and hardware.
Part of the symposium will be dedicated to a round table discussion where you can get answers to your occultation-related questions. Topics will include, but are not limited to, predicting events, planning observations, observing techniques, reducing data and reporting observations.
The TTSO6 meeting is one which should not be missed by anyone with an interest in occultation work. Occultation timing is one of the fields of astronomy where amateurs can acquire results that are more precise than those professionals achieve with the biggest telescopes and the latest technology.
The Symposium is a great opportunity for people who haven't done occultation work before to learn more about the topic.
Laptops are not required for the activities at the TTSO6. However, if you have any particular questions in regards to running any software on your laptop, for example, then feel free to bring them along and ask the experts during the breaks or at the round table discussion.
The 6th Trans-Tasman Symposium on Occultations – TTSO6
Monday 9 April 2012 – University of Queensland
Time Title Presenter Summary
9:00 – 9:15 Introduction and Opening Comments Graham Blow/ Steve Kerr :Welcome, introduction and housekeeping.
9:15 – 9:35 Planetary Occultations in Aus and NZ in 2011 John Talbot via the Net :Summary of recent planetary occultation observations across Australia and New Zealand.
9:35 – 9:55 International Asteroidal Occultation Highlights Dave Herald :Outstanding asteroidal results from around the world including the high resolution 'image' of (40) Antiope.
9:55 - 10:15 IOTA in the Middle East Mohammad Mirbagheri :The largest IOTA meeting yet kicked off IOTA- ME.
10:15 – 10:45 Morning Tea
10:45 - 11:05 IOTA VTI (Video Time Inserter) Dave Gault :Get to meet the IOTA VTI.
11:05 - 11:25 GPS ABC Dave Gault :GPS for Visual Observers – the ultimate precision clock.
11:25 - 11:45 Lunar Occultation of Double Stars. Brian Loader
11:45 - 12:05 Baily Beads observing by video – practicalities and value. Dave Herald :What can an occultation observer do on a November morning in North Queensland?
12:05 - 12:25 Occultation Observers Beginner's Manual Jacquie Milner :Ongoing progress on an important resource for beginner observers.
12:25 - 1:25 Lunch
1:25 – 2:45 Occultation Clinic Dave Herald, John Broughton, Jonathan Bradshaw, Steve Kerr, anyone else with an opinion. :Informal interactive sessions for subject experts to demonstrate the use of tools for occultation observing and for observers to ask questions and compare notes. Topics include portable occultation specific scopes, pre-pointing for remote asteroidal occultation observing, focal reducers and related fun, video capture and digitising, software use (Occult, Tangra, Limovie etc).
2:45 – 3:15 Afternoon Tea
3:15 - 3:35 Star Catalogue Developments and Measuring Stellar Diameters Dave Herald :Ongoing development of star catalogues and application to amateur measurement of stellar diameters.
3:35 – 3:50 High resolution double star observing using lunar occultations Jonathan Bradshaw
3:50 – 4:00 Symposium Close Graham Blow/ Steve Kerr Closing remarks and what's next.