Viewing behaviour?

Schulmeister Karl (
Mon, 26 Jul 1999 14:58:05 +0200

Dear Colleagues,

we are working on a research project which evaluates the viewing behaviour 
of different astronomical groups.  It would help us a great deal if you
would answer
the questions below - but please don't reply to the listserver, send your
message to

Thank you very much. 

1) equipment used (possibly more than one?)
- Type: (binocular, telescope with computer control,..)
- Diameter of objective and magnification (e.g. 7x50)
- Field of fiew (please specify if in yards or meters)

2) typical viewing time of day ( the middle of the night, before
sunrise, etc)

3) typical relative viewing duration (e.g. 5 hours per week) (only with eye,
not with camera!)

4) typical proportion of time spent viewing above or below 45 elevation
above horizon
(e.g. 80% of time below 45, 20% of time above 45)

5) What is the limiting magnitude (are your skies light-polluted - 
not at all, slightly, very much)

6) location of observation site: country, latitude

7) location of observation site: in city, outscirts of city, or countryside

Thank you very much. 
Please don't forget to email us back to   , and not to the listserver!!!

Roswitha Drosg, Karl Schulmeister
Austrian Research Centers Seibesdorf