Rick Wagner

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Rick's interests in astronomy cover many fields: he has observed or imaged over a hundred comets, measured the rotation periods of asteroids, imaged trans-neptunian objects and gamma ray burst afterglows, timed exo-planet transits, and completed the Williamson Lunar Certificate, Lunar 1000 Challenge and the Finest NGC certificate. But photometry - the measurement of the brightness of objects in the heavens and the basis of much of our knowledge of stars and the universe- has been Rick's focus since building his first observatory in 2007, especially RR Lyrae stars with over 70,000 images. He continues to work at improving the quality of his photometry, developing new observing techniques, writing scripts to reduce the workload and building yet another telescope to collect more data.

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RASC Ottawa Member
photometrist