Puckett Observatory

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Puckett Observatory
Tim Puckett
Tim Puckett
Location Georgia, United States
Website
cometwatch.com

Puckett Observatory is a private astronomical observatory located in the state of Georgia, United States. It is owned and operated by Tim Puckett. Its primary observation goals are the study of comets and the discovery of supernovae. To facilitate the latter goal it sponsors the Puckett Observatory World Supernova Search whose astronomers have discovered 280 supernovae.[1][2]

Telescopes[edit]

The Puckett Observatory houses two telescopes. The 60 cm (24”) Ritchey-Chrétien telescope was custom engineered and built by Puckett, and took nine years to complete, going online full-time in 1997. The telescope features a new type of hybrid disk/band worm drive designed by Puckett in 1993.

The other observatory telescope includes a Celestron C-14 Schmidt-Cassegrain with a Software Bisque's Paramount ME Robotic Telescope System.

World Supernova Search[edit]

The Puckett Observatory World Supernova Search was formed in 1998, with its principal investigator being Tim Puckett. The search consists of a team of amateur astronomers located in the United States, Canada, India, Greece and Italy. Observatories participating in the search include the Puckett Observatory, and telescopes located in Portal, Arizona (Jack Newton), and Osoyoos, BC (Ajai Sehgal).

The observatory uses computers to control the robotic telescopes and sends the images to volunteers via the Internet. Each image is manually compared ("blinked") to archive images. At least 40 hours each week are required to run the search operation. Team members have contributed thousands of hours to analyzing the data.

Notable discoveries[edit]

Tim Puckett[edit]

Timothy David Puckett was born in 1962[6] in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, and is an amateur astronomer and astrophotographer with over 30 years experience. Experienced in the field of amateur CCD (digital) astro-imaging, Puckett has operated numerous CCD cameras since 1989. He has built several robotic telescopes and is currently operating an automated supernova search patrol and comet astrometry program which uses 60-cm and 35-cm telescopes.

Puckett’s photos of comets and deep-sky objects have been published in books and magazines in several countries, including Great Britain, Japan, Italy, Germany, Australia and South Africa. His work has also been featured on ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, CNN, BBC, The Discovery and Learning Channels and Good Morning America. Puckett is the Marketing Director for SBIG Astronomical Instruments, and a robotic-telescope consultant for professional observatories.

In recognition of Puckett’s contributions to the field of astronomy, asteroid 32096 Puckett = 2000 KO38 was named in his honor.[6]

Puckett was the recipient of the American Astronomical Society's 2011 Chambliss Amateur Achievement Award.[7] This award is presented for an achievement in astronomical research made by an amateur astronomer. The award citation reads: "To Tim Puckett for his Puckett Observatory World Supernova Search program that has discovered more than 200 supernovae".

See also[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

About Puckett and published images[edit]

By Puckett[edit]

Ratledge, David, ed. “The CometWatch Program.” The Art and Science of CCD Astronomy. London: Springer-Verlag, 1997. pp. 61–71

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.cbat.eps.harvard.edu/lists/Supernovae.html
  2. ^ http://www.astronomyatlanta.com/links.html
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Details of the discovery IAU circular 8605.
  5. ^ IAU circular 8518
  6. ^ a b "Naming Citation: PUCKETT = (32096) = 2000 KO38". MPC Observatory 643. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "Chambliss Amateur Achievement Award". American Astronomical Society. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 

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