National workshop on Occultation in Damghan (2011)
National workshop on occultation observation was held in Damghan province on April 21st and 22nd, 2011 by International Occultation Timing Association Meddle East Section (IOTA-ME) and Damghan Astronomical Association.
Lecturers of this workshop discussed several subjects and gave their lectures in two days; Mr. Atila Poro on an introduction to IOTA/ME, importance of occultation observation and visual timing methods; Dr. Mohammad Reza Norouzi on the Moon profile topology and libration; Mr. Aria Sabouri on Asteroids and Planetary Occultation (in two sessions); Dr. Hojjatolhagh Hosseini on eclipse variable stars with respect to occultation aspects; Mr. Alireza Hakimi on Observation Techniques, Mr. S. Mirbagheri on and introduction to OCCULT4 software (in two sessions) and Mr. Aydin Valipour on an introduction to Occult Watcher software and photometry in amateur astronomy (in two sessions).
Moreover for the first time the attendees got the chance of presenting their investigation results through lectures. Miss. Bita Karimifar, Miss. Sepideh Sharbaf, Mr. Farzad Ashkar, Mr. Mostafa Hesampour and Mr. Arman Mottaghi discussed several subjects related to astronomical occultation according to IOTA goals and objectives.
The major part of the workshop was held in Verkian astronomical observation camping. The place that was built and established by the prompt decision of Dr. Ebrahimi-e-Verkiani (Cardiologist) welcome the workshop attendees as the main place specially for some lectures on the first day and also the practical section of workshop.
After the opening ceremony and listening to Damghan governor’s speech, beside the Iranian scientist, now resident in the U.S.A., Professor Alemi Sixty five attendees of all over the country (From states: Golestan, Khorasan-e-Razavi, Tehran, Markazi, west-Azerbaijan, East-Azerbaijan, Fars and Semnan) visited ancient buildings in the city while a tour leader explained them.
In the workshop closing ceremony, IOTA-ME international certificate was granted to those attendees of the previous occultation workshop in Gonbad-e-Qabus whose scientific and practical activities were approved.
It is highly considered that the administration success of the workshop in Damghan was achieved through kind supports of different governmental organizations of the city.