Your Astronomy Background and Habits
Hi there!

The results of this survey will inform the initial version of AstroSwarm. AstroSwarm has two major goals:

1. Make it easy to study space, especially for people who don't have the financial means to buy expensive equipment or the STEM backgrounds that are closely associated with astronomy today.

2. Massively accelerate the pace at which we learn about the cosmos.

You can learn more about these motivations, and the steps toward achieving them, on the AstroSwarm blog:
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What is your name?
How long have you been making astronomical observations?
How did you get started in astronomy? What were your motivations, and what resources did you consult?
What astronomical activities do you partake in?
What is your proudest moment as an astronomer?
If you could give one piece of advise to a new astronomer with goals similar to yours, what would it be?
In which months of the year do you perform astronomy?
What is your zip code?
Do you leave your telescope assembled outside, or do you assemble and disassemble it after each use?
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How do you protect your telescope from inclement weather?
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Where is your telescope located?
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Do you have internet access at the location of your telescope?
How many telescopes do you own?
How long does it take you to set up to observe?
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What polar alignment method to you use?
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How do you locate your subjects?
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What are your sleeping habits during astronomy sessions?
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If your routine were fully automated, would that change your answer to the previous question?
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If you could improve only one part of your astronomy routine, what would it be?
What do you most enjoy about astronomy?
What do you least enjoy about astronomy?
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