Sky Quality Monitoring

I regularly use a “Sky Quality Meter” made by Unihedron.  This nifty little handheld device measures the sky brightness in visual magnitudes per square arcsecond. Here is a plot of data taken from Xanadu Observatory.  The measurements were taken at approximately 9:00 – 10:00 p.m. local time (0400 – 0500 UTC) when possible.  I typically… Continue reading »

How to Get a Job Working at an Observatory

The Primary Observatory Jobs The majority of the people working at observatories are going to be the astronomers themselves. However, there will also be support positions and technician positions at observatories. There are also community outreach positions and educational positions at many observatories, and plenty of people will try to get these. Observatories are great… Continue reading »