The University of Chicago

373 W. Geneva St, Williams Bay WI 53191 (Latitude 42 34.2, Longitude -88 33.4)
Comet Hartley 2 imaged by Stone Edge Observatory


Stone Edge Observatory and SKYNET

Yerkes Teacher Workshop November 12th - 13th, 2010

Sombrero Galaxy imaged with Prompt Telescopes on Skynet

Bring your laptop if possible! Make sure you have installed the latest critical updates!

The event and agenda on this page is for teachers and for informal educators such as scout leaders. If you have any questions, please conatct Vivian Hoette at or 262-245-5555 x815. There is a $25 fee for this workshop. Thank you.

Friday Evening Agenda (optional)

8:00-9:00pm - Demo of Skynet and Stone Edge Observatory (optional)

10:00pm to 1:00am - Imaging with the 24 inch if the weather is clear for the Liveshow with the Science Museum in Tokyo about midnight, our time. (optional)

Saturday Agenda

9:00am - 9:30am    Registration and Coffee (Before Saturday tourists arrive!)

9:30am - Noon       

9:30  Overview of SKYNET (Chile and elsewhere worldwide) -- What and Where are the telescopes? How do you make observations? How do you find and display your Images? Examples of classroom application. This is a webpage based system from making observation requests to displaying and analyzing your images, no software to install or manage.

10:30 Break

10: 45 Overview of Stone Edge Observatory (Sonoma, CA) -- What and Where is Stone Edge? How do you login and control the telescope? What software and tools do you need to operate the telescope, and to display and analyze the images. We'll share example activities built with images taken with Stone Edge; you can use the images we have already taken to teach astronomy. Suggest future projects. We are recruiting teacher leaders for Stone Edge Observatory.

Noon: Break for Lunch

1:30 - 2:45 pm: Breakout Sessions

New Teachers - Tour of the Observatory & Intro to image Processing

Yerkes' Teacher Leaders Planning Meeting

2:45 Break

3:00 - 5:00 Nitty Gritty Details of Skynet and Stone Edge - small working groups to practice with the tools and systems; intro to image processing for new teachers. Support strategies for you after the weekend.

5:00 Dinner Break

7:00 - 10:00pm Observing with all of our Telescopes and Observatories!

7:00 - 10:00 Demo Yerkes 41 inch on Skynet; Yerkes 24 inch visual observing

7:00 - 8:00 Using SKYNET together... then on your own or with your friends.

8:00 - 10:00 Using Stone Edge - taking turns in small groups to get used to the commands and to display and analze images.

10:00 -- ? We'll see how much energy we all still have to continue working...

University of Chicago Yerkes Observatory
373 West Geneva St., Williams Bay, WI 53191
Lodging: Lake Geneva Chamber of Commerce Lodging or Geneva Lake West Chamber of Commerce Accommodations

Fee: $25 for the workshop, lodging is additional (see below)
Please make your check payable to University of Chicago.

Capture the Universe with SKYNET and Stone Edge

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Demo of SKYNET and Stone Edge Observatory
Imaging with Yerkes 24 inch for Liveshow with Science Museum in Tokyo (around midnight
Overviews of Skynet and Stone Edge Observatory
Educator Break Out Sessions
Nitty Gritty Details for Using SKYNET and Stone Edge Observatory
Observing with all of our Telescopes and Observatories!
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Lodging Free lodging is provided for up to 16 people. These rooms are double occupancy. If you prefer single occupancy, or the provided double occupancy rooms are filled, the charge will be $55.-/night.

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Vivian Hoette, Yerkes Observatory, 373 West Geneva St., Williams Bay, WI 53191

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Questions? Contact Vivian Hoette, or 262-245-5555 x815.