archive: Re: SETI ARGUS Scans


Dr. H. Paul Shuch ( (no email) )
Sat, 29 Aug 1998 13:36:33 -0400

At 13:28 08/29/1998 EDT, wrote:
>Hello Everyone,
>I was on the web a while back and found a SETI candidates
>list. I think it was a list of nearby systems that had suns
>similar to ours.
>I'm wondering if anyone has a copy of that list with
>range & RA/Dec info?

You can get the Project Phoenix candidate list (1000 sunlike stars within
200 LY) from the SETI Institute website. However, I'm of the opinion that
our surveying them would not be productive. They've either already been
examined, or are about to be examined, using equipment which is perhaps a
couple of orders of magnitude more sensitive than our own, and which covers
truly impressive chunks of spectrum. Although nobody can deny any SETIzen
the right to do a targeted search, the truth is our instrumets are far from
optimum for this application. Far better to stick to all-sky surveys,
which our kind of systems do best.
Just my opinion, of course.

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