Since forming in 2008 with Tim Napier-Munn as Director the DSS has been active in the study of neglected southern sky pairs, with a number of results papers published in both the US based Journal of Double Star Observations, and the UK based Webb Society Double Star Section Circular.
A few years ago Graeme Jenkinson became DSS Director, and work has continued on neglected southern pairs. Using both the 150mm refractor telescope and 400mm Newtonian reflector of Bluestar Observatory, a considerable quantity of raw data has been accumulated over time. Due to the effort involved in analysing and publishing the results, in 2018 fellow AAQ members Peter Culshaw, Diane Hughes, John Hughes (data reduction) and Des Janke (raw image processing) joined the project, and have made a huge difference in the speed at which results reach publication. Since 2008 three new pairs (AAQ1, AAQ2 & AAQ3) have been discovered and named as per tradition. Hopefully we will be increasing that number in the near future!!
Section members from L to R: Tim Napier-Munn, John Hughes, Peter Culshaw, Graeme Jenkinson, Des Janke & Diane Hughes.
About the author
- Graeme is the current Section Director of the Double Stars Section.
- Double Stars2020.02.09Real science for the time poor amateur – The study of Double Stars from the Southern Hemisphere
- Double Stars2019.06.27Meet the “D-Team”!
- Double Stars2019.04.01Blue Star Observatory measurement of twenty neglected southern multiple stars
- Double Stars2018.07.01Astronomical Association of Queensland 2016 programme – Measurements of nine neglected southern multiple stars