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Collaboration

As posted in my first blogs, we are running GEMSS from USNO (using students Dawn Weaver and Zach Dugan, at USNA and Yale respectivey), in Washington, D.C.

We are co-partnering with colleagues at James Cook University (Co-PI David Blank, and JCU Department Head, Graeme White). They are using the remotely-controlled telescopes at Perth Observatory to keep continuous coverage on the target-du-nuit….

We are also closely collaborating with UC Santa Cruz/Lick Observatory’s  Greg Laughlin… He has been part of GEMSS through TransitSearch and Oklo, such as here and here. Greg has given us food for thought on our target selection and TransitSearch support.

 We suspect we will also collaborate with Aaron Price at AAVSO – and many of the observers there… Aaron doesn’t quite know it yet, but when we start serious further observing, AAVSO will be courted by GEMSS… Then there is Todd Henry, from Georga State University, who oversees RECONS; I spoke with Todd at the last AAS — and in addition to using many of his interesting targets in the initial search phase of GEMSS, we intend on collaborating a bit more in the future as well, passing info we discern back to him.

 …And of course we will see if the crowd that was so instrumental pulling off the large 2003-2004 Gl 876 transit seeking campaign want to participate. These diligent observers contributed significantly to this BAAS presentation and the subsequent paper mentioned in the main posts….

Our modus operandi as mentioned elsewhere, is to operate a continuous-coverage web of small telescopes — to characterize our prolific red dwarf population’s propensity to have transiting exoplanets…  We want to employ observers across the Earth in longitude in particular, to keep constant surveillance underway on a given target. Our initial plan is to test-run our USNO-JCU collaboration – and once that proves to run well, we will post campaign bulletins to expand the observational cadre – so stay tuned!

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