Richard J. Williams's scientific contributions

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This chapter discusses the state-of-the-art observatories available for use by the amateur astronomer and how to get access to them. It discusses the types of access and control methods, cost considerations, and pros and cons of using a commercial observatory.
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This chapter describes how professional astronomers use remote astronomy facilities for astronomy laboratories and education and outreach projects.
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This chapter describes two astrometry projects using remote observatory facilities. The first one was done by an accomplished citizen scientist. The second one is from the perspective of a professional astronomer.
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This chapter discusses the factors and requirements for creating a remotely located or remotely controlled amateur observatory. Additional discussion and details are provided on the Observing Program Design Basis (OPDB) requirements for the system, components, and the requirements of the remote observatory.
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Amateur astronomers who want to enhance their capabilities to contribute to science need look no farther than this guide to using remote observatories. The contributors cover how to build your own remote observatory as well as the existing infrastructure of commercial networks of remote observatories that are available to the amateur. They provide...
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This chapter discusses the objectives of the book and talks about the role the amateur astronomer can play in the larger astronomical community and how you can provide valuable observations using remotely located or remotely controlled observatories. This chapter also introduces the concept of building and operating your own remote-controlled obser...
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This chapter details the procedures to determine when and where your selected objects are available for observation and how those objects are prioritized by the modern remotely located observatory. This chapter also discusses how modern observatories schedule multiple competing observations to maximize the use of the observatory.
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This chapter discusses how to operate an amateur remotely controlled observatory, all the factors for ensuring reliable operations, and maintenance/repair issues. This chapter also includes detailed procedures for operating and maintaining the remotely controlled observatory whether it is remotely located or local.
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This chapter discusses how to select the right remotely located observatory for your observing program and how to best use the professional-level equipment at that observatory. The questions you need to answer to determine the best observatory for your specific needs are discussed.
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This chapter discusses how remotely located and/or remotely controlled observatories have become a new tool for amateur astronomers and why they are important for amateurs interested in doing science. This chapter also discusses the various systems necessary to build a remote observatory whether locally located or remotely located. Finally, this ch...
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This chapter describes how beginning and experienced astro-imagers use remote observatory telescopes to acquire images to create esthetically appealing color composite images of nebula, galaxies, and star fields.
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This chapter discusses the differences between observatories that are distant—and therefore are similar to land-based space probes—and observatories that are local to the amateur astronomer—and therefore are accessible for quick repair/maintenance/operation, but are operated remotely. The components that make up a remotely operated observatory are...
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This chapter describes three photometry projects by dedicated citizen scientists. They demonstrate methods and techniques anyone can use to do their own valuable scientific measurements of stellar and solar system objects using remote observatory systems.
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This chapter provides an overview of the various projects that an amateur astronomer can do using his or her own, or a remotely located professional-level observatory.