Scientific Image Data Uses and Innovations in AIS Components and Systems

  • Gerald R. Hubbell
Part of the Patrick Moore's Practical Astronomy Series book series (PATRICKMOORE)


Once imaging data is calibrated, it can be analyzed to discover whether expectations were met. How this data will be used and by whom are also considerations. It is important to process and analyze the data using professional-level techniques and standards to make that data as useful to as many users as possible. Understanding any errors in measurements also puts the amateur in the professional category when reporting results. Long-term archiving of the data is also very important. The efforts applied in obtaining the data should not be wasted; the data should be made available for future amateur and professional astronomers alike. In addition, amateurs should consider their Astronomical Imaging Systems (AIS) as learning and development environments for the individual to experiment and innovate in the areas of procedure development and image processing techniques. There are many areas where innovative steps can be taken to improve AIS components.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerald R. Hubbell
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  1. 1.Locust GroveUSA

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