Final Announcement

Final Announcement
Large Surveys with Small Telescopes:
Past, Present, and Future
(Astroplate III)
March, 10-13th, 2019

a meeting organised by the Dr. Remeis-Sternwarte

to be held on the Bamberg University campus: MG2, Markusgelände, Markusstraße 8a, 96047 Bamberg.
For details see

The final programme is now available:

The complete conference booklet will be available from March 8, 2019:

it contains also local information and maps. You’ll find a printed version in
your conference folder to be handed out at registration.

Informal Reception at the Dr. Remeis-Sternwarte, Sternwartstr. 7: March 10, 2019: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

starts on March 10, 2019 at 6 p.m. at Dr. Remeis-Sternwarte and resumes on March, 11, 2019, 9 a.m. at the conference venue

Opening of the meeting:
March 11, 2019 at 9h30 a.m.

Conference Dinner:
We will have a conference dinner on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the Plückers Restaurant of the WELCOME KONGRESSHOTEL, Mußstraße 7, 96047 Bamberg.

Internet Access
Internet access via WLAN will be available at the venue. Bamberg University provides an open WLAN Hotspot BAYERNWLAN.
Attendees whose home institutions participate in eduroam are strongly encouraged to sign up with their home institution for an eduroam account.

This will also allow you to access the Internet at all other eduroam institutions worldwide without any further administrative overhead.

Concerning your talks
To avoid delays due to technical issues, our preferred option is the use of the official conference laptop (Windows 7 with latest Adobe Acrobat Reader DC and PowerPoint Viewer 14.0) for your presentation. To do that, please provide us with a PDF file of your talk before the start of the session, in which your talk is scheduled. However, you may also use your own laptop if necessary (Testing the connection to the projector with us in advance is highly recommended.). The projector has ports for VGA and HDMI and an aspect ratio of 16:9. Apple users should not forget to bring an appropriate adapter.

The maximum size for the poster is A0 portrait (841mm width x 1189mm height). Please bring a printed version. We can not provide a print service.

APPLAUSE session
On Monday afternoon a special session on the “Archives of Photographic PLates for Astronomical USE” is scheduled. Because it will include hand-on tutorials, please bring your laptops.

Conference Proceedings:
No conference proceedings are foreseen. However, we offer to make conference presentations available on the APPLAUSE website, if provided in pdf format.

Looking forward to meeting you soon.

On behalf of the LOC,
Uli Heber and Andreas Irrgang

Conference Dinner update

Conference Dinner

We will have a conference dinner on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.  at the Plückers Restaurant of the  WELCOME KONGRESSHOTEL, Mußstraße 7, 96047 Bamberg.

The hotel is just a short walk from the historic city centre on the banks of the river Regnitz

For conference participants and registered accompanying persons dinner buffet and standard drinks (soft drinks, beer, wine, tea, coffee) are included in the conference fee. Special drinks like liquor or drinks after dinner will cost extra.

1. Announcement

Large surveys with small telescopes (Astroplate III)

Large wide-field surveys have been carried out since more than a century, starting with the Carte du Ciel in the  late nineteenth century and have been recorded on photographic plates. With the advent of CCD detectors monitoring the Sky became even more intense. Wide field surveys are carried out with small telescopes and cameras. Already with the Henry Draper Memorial project, spectroscopy became an important scientific technique for such surveys, early-on with objective prisms and latterly with multi-fiber instruments . Most of the ongoing surveys are dedicated to specific scientific aims, such as search for MACHOS, exoplanet transits or nearby asteroids, but provide data sets for a wide range of astrophysics research, such as binary light curves, stellar pulsations, and eruptions to name a few. Many future surveys will also be based on small telescopes, both on ground and in space.

The information stored in photographic plates distributed around the globe became accessible only recently, by digitization, calibration and integration into data bases such as DASCH or APPLAUSE.

Because a huge amount of data is piling up in the data bases  of the different projects an important task is to combine the information and harvest it in an optimum way. To this end, the meeting aims to bring together researchers working on the photographic heritage, with those involved in ongoing and future digital surveys. Combing data sets requires in depth knowledge of calibration. Studying the objects requires the sophisticated tools of astroinformatics (big data, deep learning), which shall be addressed in the conference’ program.

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