GBO open to the night sky
Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 9am to Sunday, October 14, 2018 - 12pm

The first ever GBO Starfest will be held at the University of Nevada, Reno on October 13 & 14, 2018. Researchers will gain a better understanding of how to operate GBO technology and strategize research projects for the coming year.

Please click on the photo for the complete agenda.

Great Basin Observatory (GBO) Starfest I – 2018 Symposium  

Reno, Nevada

Hosted By: University of Nevada, Reno

Fall 2018


        1) Welcome to Starfest I 9:00 am – 9:45 am

                   a. Overview of GBO Partnership & Great Basin National Park – Dave Bennum and Melodi Rodrigue

                   b. Introduction of Marc Johnson (UNR President) – Dave Bennum

                   c. Welcome address – Marc Johnson

                   d. Reach for the Stars overview – John Kenney and Melodi Rodrigue

         2) GBO Overview 10 am – 10:45 am Paul Gardner

                   a. Facilities

                   b. Equipment

                   c. Team communications

                   d. Observatory management

         3) Operations of GBO: 11:00 am – 11:45 am Paul Gardner

                   a. User Interface

                   b. Planning observations

                   c. Scheduling time

                   d. Making observations

         4) Lunch Break: noon – 1:00 pm

        5) Spectroscopy with the GBO: 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm Cole Niebuhr

         6) Case Studies: 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm

                 a. Exoplanet transits

                   b. Regular monitoring of a target

                   c. Astro-photography

                   d. Comets and Asteroids

                   e. Double star astrometry

         7) GBO Operations Meeting: 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm – John Kenney facilitating

        8) Break for dinner

        9) Evening Observations (Weather permitting): 6:45 pm – ?

         DAY TWO

         1) Data Management: 9:00 am – 9:45 am – Paul Gardner

                   a. Retrieving your data

                   b. Retrieving calibration files

         2) Science Discussions: 10:00 am – 11:45 am

                   a. Student presentations / posters

                   b. Exoplanets

                   c. Comets

                   d. Photometry

                   e. Double stars

                   f. Spectroscopy

         3) Collaborative Research Opportunities–Group Discussion: 11:45 am – noon

                   a. Identifying Research Options

                   b. Forming Joint Research Projects

                   c. Collaborative projects

                   c. Preparing Research Proposals for Funding

                   d. Publishing Your Research