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Amateurs Enhancing Professional Astronomy

Messier 101 - Pinwheel Galaxy with Supernova SN 2023ixf imaged and processed by Craig Stocks at Utah Desert Remote Observatories. One of the most notable ways amateur astronomers contribute is through extragalactic supernova searches. Supernovae are crucial for understanding the evolution of galaxies, and amateur astronomers often participate in systematic monitoring of distant galaxies to detect these brilliant cosmic explosions. Their unique advantage lies in the time and dedication they can commit, often using their own equipment. The observations and data collected by amateur astronomers provide a wealth of information that can complement professional research, aiding in the study of supernova properties and their impact on galactic ecosystems. Exoplanet research is another field where amateurs can play a pivotal role. While professionals have access to state-of-the-art telescopes and instruments, amateur astronomers can contribute by regularly monitoring stars for the telltale

Imaging the Brighter Planets with a CMOS Camera

Some good seeing for this image of Jupiter from La Palma close to sunrise. Europa's elongated shadow is just exiting the disk while the GRS has appeared on the other side. Imaged with an ASA 80cm RC with ASI462MC CMOS Camera. Image acquired and processed by E. Enzmann and D. Peach on 09-08-2023. Unlocking the enigmatic beauty of our celestial neighbors, such as Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars, has never been more accessible than with CMOS (Complementary Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor) cameras. These advanced imaging tools offer astronomers of all levels an exciting chance to delve into planetary photography. In this article, we'll explore the steps to image these bright planets with CMOS cameras and unveil the breathtaking details of our cosmic companions. The journey begins with the right equipment selection. A high-quality CMOS camera with a large sensor and excellent sensitivity is a must for capturing the intricate features of these planets. A telescope with a long focal l