Welcome! to the Amateur Observers' website.
Originally put together to support NASA's Discovery mission Deep Impact with observations of comet Tempel 1, the AOP observed asteroid Vesta & dwarf planet Ceres in support of the NASA Discovery mission Dawn and comet Hartley 2 in support of EPOXI We also collected images of ISON in support of the Comet ISON Observing Campaign (CIOC).
The latest observing campaign is in support of the UMD Comet Group's Comet Wirtanen Observing Campaign. (So new, we don't an acronym yet!)
We are now accepting observations (images, sketches, lightcurves,...) of
Please visit the LogBook to find out how to submit your observations.
Don't worry, you won't need to know much about astronomy, comets or asteroids. That's what this site is about!
So, let's get started...
- If you don't know what an asteroid or comet is or how to find things in the night sky, you'll want to start with the Beginner's Guide.
- Take the next step and learn about coordinates, magnitudes, and some simple projects in the Intermediate Guide.
- If you just want to submit your latest observation, go to the Log Book.
- Finally, want to know the lowdown on the missions/projects? Check out the