The interface and low resolution spectrograph are constructed and tested. The system is installed on the Tenagra II in Arizona. Software is written to fully automate the process of exposing spectra as part of a scheduled list.
August - After many hours of data analysis and many emails between three
continents (US, Europe and Australia) in the first part of 2005, the
preparation of a paper on the 2000 and 2004 tau Boo observations was
completed and sent to the Journal of the British Astronomical Association.
We requested that Dr Roger Griffin be approached to review the paper, as Dr
Griffin reviewed (and rejected) the paper we sent to JBAA in mid-2003 based
on the 2000 tau Boo data. We asked that Dr Griffin be approached as we know
he is an expert in the field of radial velocity measurement, and wanted to
have our work subjected to a comprehensive examination.
September - We heard on the 20th that Dr Griffin accepted the paper with
only minor revision being required. To quote a brief extract from his
report: "The new version is obviously much improved, and as far as the
scientific content goes I would now say that in most respects it is
excellent and does indeed show that 'amateur' observers can do remarkable
things, although the expression 'amateur' seems thereby to be losing its
October - a revised version of the paper was submitted to JBAA in mid
October, and the paper was officially accepted two weeks later. We expect
publication will be in mid 2006.