Your Astronomy Background and Habits
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:
What is your name?
How long have you been making astronomical observations?
Less than a year
How did you get started in astronomy? What were your motivations, and what resources did you consult?
What astronomical activities do you partake in?
Naked eye observation
Processing data recorded by others
Recording data for others, e.g. submitting binary star readings to AAVSO
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?
I leave my telescope assembled between sessions.
I assemble and disassemble my telescope for each session.
How do you protect your telescope from inclement weather?
I bring it inside.
I cover it with a tarp.
I keep it in a sheltered/enclosed observatory.
Where is your telescope located?
My telescope is physically present while I'm using it.
I control my telescope remotely from another location.
Do you have internet access at the location of your telescope?
Yes, I have wifi.
Yes, I have ethernet.
How many telescopes do you own?
How long does it take you to set up to observe?
My telescope is always set up and ready to go.
5 minutes or less.
Between 1 and 2 hours.
Between 2 and 3 hours.
More than 3 hours.
What polar alignment method to you use?
I don't polar align.
How do you locate your subjects?
Computerized Go-to via mount.
Computerized Go-to via software/computer.
Slew by hand.
What are your sleeping habits during astronomy sessions?
I stay awake the entire time.
I go to sleep while gathering data.
I take naps, but regularly get up to check on things and/or make adjustments.
If your routine were fully automated, would that change your answer to the previous question?
Yes, I would love to be able to sleep while gathering data.
No, I enjoy the entire process from start to finish and would not want to go to sleep.
I'm not sure.
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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