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Hello from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Postby Peter Zetner » Fri Jan 26, 2018 4:08 pm

Hello Everyone.

Greetings from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada at the geographical centre of the North American continent. I am a recently retired physics professor and am pursuing my lifelong interest in astronomy. In the last couple of years, I have devoted a considerable amount of time to solar imaging and spectroscopy with a homebuilt spectroheliograph based on a converted surplus Czerny-Turner spectrograph. An article describing some of these studies was recently published in the online Journal "Spektrum" (v.52) of the Vereinigung der Sternfreunde:


I am very much interested in stellar spectroscopy and am designing / adapting equipment for that purpose. I currently have an adapted Oriel MS125 spectrometer (eBay purchase) which will be coupled to a Celestron C8 and brought into action this coming observing season. This system has been bench tested using a mercury line source and demonstrates a spectral range of 2200A across 1600px with R~1300 for 25micron slit and 1200 l/mm grating. Other gratings can also be used and I look forward to experimenting and learning from this group about desirable choices. I am also constructing a high resolution system (R~50000) for detailed study of stellar H-alpha lineshapes as well as a low resolution system based on a Wollaston prism interferometer. I tend to enjoy designing and building instruments but will try to discipline myself to get outside regularly and make observations!

I find the ARAS Forum very active and informative. I'm very interested in learning which stars are good candidates for continued study and at which spectral resolution levels. I am especially interested in Be and other emission line stars. Hopefully, by the spring / summer 2018 I can start posting results!

Peter Zetner
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Re: Hello from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Postby Francois Teyssier » Fri Jan 26, 2018 7:20 pm

Dear Peter,
Welcome on the forum
Yes, Be are nice targets
Don't forget symbiotics
Many lines in emission, fast variations, long term monitoring will produce very valuable information
Francois Teyssier
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Re: Hello from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Postby Ken Harrison » Fri Jan 26, 2018 11:58 pm

Good to see you here.
The group has a Great wealth of knowledge and experience to share.
"Astronomical Spectroscopy - The Final Frontier" - to boldly go where few amateurs have gone before....
"Imaging Sunlight - Using a digital Spectroheliograph" - Springer
Ken Harrison
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Re: Hello from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Postby Peter Zetner » Sat Jan 27, 2018 5:03 pm

Hello Ken and Francois.

Thanks for the welcome!

Peter Zetner
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