The Lowell Oberservatory has created an Amateur Research Initiative. Lowell is seeking help from citizen scientists in several areas. Some projects require citizen scientists to have their own telescopes, while others can be performed only.

Projects that require telescopes include obtaining ultra-deep images of dwarf galaxies, creating light curves for slowly rotating asteroids, determining stellar rotation periods and finding stellar eclipses and giant planet transits, improving the orbits of Centaurs and Kuiper Belt Objects, and monitoring star-forming regions for outburst events.

Other projects include examining old image to find asteroids that were missed by an automated search; examining photometric data for signs of exoplanets, variables stars, or other transient objects; and identifying historic scientific instruments from the Lowell Observatory’s extensive collection.

Written by Astro1 on May 31st, 2012 , Astronomy

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    WILLIAM BAILEY commented

    Using a Celestron 114 GOTO reflecting telescope,I have been collecting sunspot counts
    and measuring the sizes of large sunspot complexes since the fall of 2008.

    Would this be considered a viable project within the framework of LARI?

    Best regards-
    Bill Bailey

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    September 5, 2012 at 9:32 pm
      admin commented

      Why not contact them and find out?

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      September 5, 2012 at 9:39 pm