It is an exciting time today to be an amateur astronomer and contribute to scientific discoveries. With the advent of several space based telescopes that are detecting thousands of astronomical events, the need of ground-based support from small telescopes is becoming more and more important.

University College London (UCL) and Konica Minolta Laboratory Europe are taking the first steps in setting up a worldwide group of amateur observers able to provide ground-based support for the Twinkle Space Mission and other scientific missions.

To understand the potential interest of the amateur community, we kindly ask you to complete this survey. It will take less than 2 minutes!

* 1. Are you part of an astronomy club or association?

* 2. Do you own a telescope?

* 3. If not, do you have access to a telescope?

* 4. If you don't own a telescope, how would  you like to contribute to follow-up and monitoring campaigns?

* 5. Is the main telescope you use permanently installed in a dome?

* 6. What's the aperture size of the main telescope you use in inches?

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* 7. Where is it installed, or what's the usual site in which you use it?

* 8. Is it robotic and/or do you use it remotely?

* 9. Which detectors do you use?

* 10. Can you autoguide?

* 11. Do you plate solve your frames?

* 12. Which software do you use for taking images?

* 13. Do you use remote/robotic software?

* 14. Which software do you use to control your main telescope?

* 15. How often do you observe on average?

* 16. How often do you:

  Always Usually Sometimes Almost Never Never
Do astrophotography of deep sky objects
Do astrophotography of solar system objects
Observe variable stars (photometry)
Observe supernovae (photometry)
Observe extrasolar planets (photometry)
Participate to follow-up campaigns organised by the scientific community

* 17. Would you be willing to participate to follow-up campaigns in support of scientific missions?

* 18. If so, how often would you be able to do it on average?

* 19. As part of a follow-up program, you will need to upload the data you generate to a centralised server. Can you tell us the upload speed of the broadband Internet connection you would use to upload the data? You can check your speed using www.speedtest.net

* 20. If you'd like to hear more from us, please tell us your email address (We will not share your email with third parties)

* 21. The Research & Development laboratory at Konica Minolta in London (UK) is developing an astronomy platform for amateur and professional astronomers who take images with telescopes, that could potentially be used for follow-up campaigns. Would you be willing to know more about it, and possibly participate to a trial? This would be a great opportunity for you to shape the development of such platform! We will contact you with more information.

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