A lot of ZWO Seestar S50 smart-scopes were bought by members of our Society this Christmas and a lot of really nice images are being taken and shared by them (see the banner for one such by Andrew Farrow). But what happens next? What do you do after you’ve imaged all the easy objects a few times and reached the limit of what you can do with it? What is the next step?

Well I think the logical next step is to take part in some real astronomical research. I’m a participant in the HOYS project as well as being on the advisory board of the project and anything that increase the number of people contributing data can surely only be a good thing.

But is the ZWO Seestar able to produce data of sufficient quality to be of any use?

The answer is a resounding YES and you can see more details in this article I wrote for the HOYS website:

Lightcurve of the week 262: HOYS with a Seestar? Seriously?

UPDATE: ASE member Pat Devine has now created some scripts to automate some of the processing of the files in preparation for upload to HOYS. You can find information about this, and the scripts, in the FAQs on the HOYS website.

You can also see a nice comparison article between the Seestar and Dwarf II, written by ASE members Neil Martin, on our website.

by Mark Phillips
Image credit: Andrew Farrow, M42 with a ZWO Seestar

(Incidentally M42 is HOYS target 003)