RE: Mentors?

From: Bruce MacDonald (
Date: Thu Feb 19 2009 - 00:03:34 UTC

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    > I agree. That's also why I often include SeeSat-L, even when I answer
    > private questions.
    > /Björn
    > ----- Original Message -----
    >> A Mentor is an excellent idea..
    I agree, a mentoring scheme is an excellent idea.  My other astronomical interest is in observing variable stars and I have had a little bit of help via the British Astronomical Association's Variable Star Section.
    My experience of that tells me that a beginner needs reassurance that they are not wasting their time and that they can contribute to observing sats, whether like me they are producing traditional positional observations, or in other ways such as high-resolution imaging.
    Personally speaking, I found that just attempting to make observations taught me more about it than anything else.  I must have made every mistake in the book and continue to make them though hopefully a lot less frequently.  It's easy to forget that there is a steep learning curve involved in making observations rather than just looking.
    Having said that, I am grateful to the veteran observers and analysts on SeeSat for providing that feedback.  
    Best wishes
    Bruce MacDonald
    COSPAR Site 2751
    Devizes, Wiltshire, UK
    51.3440°N 1.9849° W 125M (WGS84)
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