In the previous chapters I described observational research projects that can be done using equipment that is commonly available in the amateur astronomer’s toolkit, or which can be added at modest expense. I avoided projects that require the use of math beyond standard high-school algebra. There are, of course, valuable projects that go outside these arbitrary boundaries. The purpose of this chapter is to identify additional projects that may be of interest to the amateur researcher. If you are willing to invest in some specialized equipment, or do some more complex math, then these projects can be brought within the boundaries of your universe. The equipment needed for some of them is likely to cost you a couple of thousand dollars, and may also require that you do some custom design, construction, and de-bugging. Depending on your budget and your enthusiasm for a particular area of research, these can be extremely rewarding investments in your hobby.
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