The aim of Social Astronomer is to provide a means for everyone with an interest in astronomy and astrophotography to store and share their data, images and techniques.
Right now, and for the next year or so, the site should be considered an "open beta" - that is, the site is not complete but is undergoing active development and improvement. As such, you should remember that data and accounts may need to be sacrificed (although we'll do our best to avoid this) so please do keep local copies of your observations and other data.
Every year, thousands of amateur astronomers make advanced observations of all kinds of celestial objects and phenomena. Aside from a few localised club or society websites, this data is largely lost to the wider community. Social Astronomer aims to remedy that by making data accessible to everyone, ensuring that the talented observers get the credit they deserve and allowing others to make good use of their data.
There are three main areas of the site right now, but we have big plans to add more to the site as time goes on. Right now, all site members are able to:
There're a number of ways you can contribute to astonomy and the site:
The site is the work of one developer and amateur astronomer - Mike Bergenstjerna. You can find him, and his observations, on the site or you can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Since Mike is the only person working to develop the site, please be patient when making general enquiries either on the site or via email.
Have a look at our T&Cs page for more information. Basically the rules are:
The best way to help out with the site right now is to join up and use it, reporting any problems to email@example.com
As time goes on, Mike's hopful that the site will grow and we'll be able to expand in to a more stable and robust working model, rather than having just Mike working all hours he can spare on the site. If that happens, we may look for other delevopers or designers, but right now that's not the case.
Mike is keen to hear feature requests. If you think there's something which would add to the usefulness of the site, you can post it to the Site Development discussion group.