If you have your own telescope

  • “A Practical Guide to Exoplanet Observing” - Dennis Conti
    • Observing exoplanets may take some practice but anyone can do it! Here’s a introduction to observing an exoplanet with your own telescope.
    • This guide gives you a great look into ‘best practices’ when observing exoplanets.
    • It also including a step by step guide using the free data reduction software AstroImageJ
    • Alternatively, you can use Exoplanet Watch's free data reduction software EXOTIC

If you do not have your own telescope

Exoplanet Watch has partnered with the MicroObservatory's DIY Planet Search and the Las Cumbres Observatory to obtain robotic telescope observations of transiting exoplanets for our users who do not have their own telescope. We are currently developing a framework to allocate these data to our users. More details will be published here soon!

You can also directly contact the GORT Team at Sonoma State University in Santa Rosa, California, to request observations with their robotically-controlled 14” Celestron Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope.

Lastly, some of our users have archival data of transiting exoplanets and they need help to reduce them! Please contact the Exoplanet Watch Team to request access to these data.


What to Observe

You are welcome to observe any transiting exoplanet. We also identify priority targets every day for each US timezone. These targets are likely to be observed in the future by large telescopes, but have relatively large uncertainty in their timing and therefore require follow-up by Exoplanet Watch participants.

Regardless of the target you choose to observe, we recommend that you check that it is visible from your exact location using either the NASA Exoplanet Archive's Transit and Ephemeris Service or Swathmore's Transit Finder.

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