TASS - The Amateur Sky Survey
The Amateur Sky Survey (TASS) is a loose confederation of amateur and professional
astronomers. Our goal is to build cameras which collect optical images
of the night sky, process the images into catalogs of stellar positions
and brightness, and analyze the resulting database.
We have already carried out a scan of the celestial equator with the
Mark III cameras and associated software; see our Home
Page or the article in "Publications
of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific", March
2000. Our current project is to build bigger, more sensitive
cameras (the Mark IV), and use them to study stars of magnitude 8 to 15
in selected areas of the sky.
Our Source Forge project contains software both to drive the electronics
of the camera units, and to reduce the images.
The TASS project's home page.
The site contains overviews of the project, photos, technical notes, papers
and links to the database and more software. This is a good starting
place for anyone new to TASS. Also see this page for instruction
for joining the TASS mail list.
The TASS Source
Forge Project Summary page. From here you can find links to various
services provided by Source Forge. See below for some shortcuts:
the source code. This takes you to Source Forge's CVSweb.
This is usfull for a quick look but if you want to download any software
you will want to use either CVS or FTP.
for using Source Forge, CVS and related information.
The following software packages are either currently or soon will be hosted
on Source Forge. The software is divided into categories which are
listed in roughly the order in which data passes through our system.