Photo from Virtual/Zoom Astra Monthly Meeting
Credit: Guest Speaker Tom Field, captured from Zoom session, Jim Webster.

Started with a review of Comet Neowise then moved to the main event. We had an awesome guest speaker, Tom Field who joined us for our virtual astronomy meeting for the ASTRA membership. Tom provided a great review of Spectrographs and software for the study of star spectra. This event was saved in mp4. Until recently, spectroscopy was too expensive and too complicated for all but a handful of amateurs. Today, new tools make spectroscopy accessible to almost all of us. With your current telescope and FITS camera (or a simple webcam or even a DSLR without a telescope), you can now easily study the stars yourself. Wouldn't you like to detect the atmosphere on Neptune or the redshift of a quasar right from your own backyard?! Speaker Bio: Tom Field is has been a Contributing Editor at Sky & Telescope Magazine for the past 7 years. He is the author of the RSpec software (www.rspec-astro.com) which received the S&T "Hot Product" award in 2011. Tom is a popular speaker who has spoken to hundreds of clubs via the web at many conferences, including NEAF, the NEAF Imaging Conference, PATS, the Winter Star Party, the Advanced Imaging Conference, SCAE, and others. His enthusiastic style is lively and engaging. He promises to open the door for you to this fascinating field!

Photo from Virtual/Zoom Astra Monthly Meeting
Credit: Meeting Intro from Tom Field presented to ASTRA, captured from Zoom session, Jim Webster.

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