archive: Re: SETI ARGUS Scans

Re: SETI ARGUS Scans

rtyndall@juno.com
Sat, 29 Aug 1998 19:02:50 EDT

On Sat, 29 Aug 1998 13:36:33 -0400 "Dr. H. Paul Shuch"
<n6tx@setileague.org> writes:
>At 13:28 08/29/1998 EDT, rtyndall@juno.com 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?

Dr. Shuch Wrote:
>>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.

Rich elaborates:
That's where it was alright. It was fun putting on it Excel and sorting
out everything
outside of a 20 yl bubble (40 year round trip), and then dumping
everything that
I can't see. (northern sky).

Anyways, I realize that those nearby systems(?) have been targeted.
But I was wondering if there was any particular declination that was more
populated (with candidates) than the average. (Not that I could see).

You never can tell, one of those systems out there at 20 ly may have
heard
us 30 or 40 years ago and just started transmitting to us on August 28,
1978..

It would really spoil somebodies day if an amateur got good hits off a
candidate
a week before it was scheduled to be scanned 'professionally'.

You know how us Hams are, always trying to get the edge on DXing..

73, Rich <>

Richard Tyndall NJ1A Woburn, MA. USA
RTyndall@juno.com or nj1a@erols.com
ARGUS Observatory FN42jl
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