The Astronomer’s Telegram is designed to provide critical rapid communication services for the professional research astronomical community, which is our focus. This community will always be our focus.
There’s been some historical overlap between observations by amateur astronomers, being used by professional astronomers. Right now, there are a myriad of means by which such observations make their way to the professional community. To our view of it, these means perform this function efficiently, and we see no need to change ATel operations to accommodate a different community than the one which is our focus.
However, about every 3-6 months, a research astronomer will say “You should permit amateur astronomers to post.” To now, we’ve not been inclined to do so.
We’d like to hear comments from the professional research community about why and how permitting an amateur-level service on ATel would positively impact their research. Please write comments below, or (if it’s short) just tweet it to us!