BAA Comet Section : Pro-am links

Updated 2012 May 18

Ground-based observations in support of Rosetta Sergei Schmalz reports from the Asteroids Comets Meteors 2012 conference held in Niigata, Japan in 2012 May:

A presentation "The Structure of the Inner Heliosphere As Revealed by Amateur Astronomers' Images of Comets'", was given by Yudish Ramanjooloo. Abstract. The major reason to mention this presentation in the sohohunter groups is that Yudish and the team are looking for persons (including amateurs) interested in cooperation to analyze SOHO/LASCO images. So, if you are curious, feel free to write an email to him (the email address is given in the abstract). As Yudish told me in a personal talk, soon they should have a website dedicated to this work.
Yudish Ramanjooloo, is a PhD student at MSSL who is studying comet ion tails and would welcome any amateur images that show such tail features. He is studying time evolution, so even those images of lower quality may be of use. Contact Yudish at yr2 [at] if you can help.

Pro-am Meeting on Comets, Meteors & Meteorites

2003 May 10

Open University, Milton Keynes

A discussion meeting for all astronomers, sponsored by the British Astronomical Association and the Royal Astronomical Society

Please notify the meeting organiser of your intention to attend, so that we can provide adequate catering. Light lunches will be available for purchase.
The meeting is being held in the Berrill Lecture Theatre on the Open University Campus in Milton Keynes. There is general travel information and a selection of maps on the OU maps page. There are specific maps of the region, Milton Keynes and the Campus.

Provisional Programme

10:30    Doors open, registration, tea/coffee available

11:00    Welcome
11:05    Monica Grady (NHM), Meteorites
11:25    Neil Bone (BAA), BAA meteor observations
11:45    Iwan Williams (Queen Mary, London), Meteor streams
12:05    Andrew Elliot (BAA), Video meteors
12:25    Discussion

12:30    Lunch (lunches will be available for purchase on site)
During the lunch break there will be an opportunity to tour some of the OU laboratories. There is only space for limited numbers (10 - 15) in each group, with half hour tours at 12:30 and 13:30. A sign up sheet will be available on the day.

14:00    Jonathan Shanklin (BAA), BAA visual comet observations
14:20    David Hughes (Sheffield), Cometary size distribution
14:40    Alan Fitzsimmons (Queen's, Belfast), Recent results in ground-based imaging of distant comets
15:00    Nick James (BAA), Amateur CCD observations of comets
15:20    Discussion

15:30    Tea

16:00    Graeme Waddington (BAA), Comet orbits and Ikeya-Zhang "Random meanderings by Jove"
16:20    Brian Marsden (SAO), The George Alcock Memorial Lecture "Comets near the Sun"

17:20    Discussion

17:30    Close

  There is some space for poster displays. Please contact me if you would like to exhibit.


  • A display of Libyan desert glass (Brian Sheen, Roseland Observatory)
  • Cuttings from old Journals (Eric Hutton)
  • Eclipse meeting fliers
  • Observing comets book fliers
  • OU displays
  • Journal of the International Meteor Organisation

    There will be an opportunity to visit the newly opened OU observatory and sign the visitors book.