As part of our efforts to “astro better” we have started a new wiki. This wiki was originally hosted at MacSingularity but has now been migrated over and substantially expanded. You can get to the wiki from the menu bar above. Unlike the blog, anyone can register and edit the wiki content. We will frequently update the wiki ourselves with content and links to relevant blog posts; but we also hope that all of our readers will help keep the wiki content updated.
Goals for the AstroBetter wiki
Our goal for this wiki is to present some of the same information discussed in the AstroBetter blog posts in a format that is more useful as a reference. For instance, we have a very useful Mac Setup Guide for Astronomers that walks through a typical installation and setup, including common applications, for new Macs (the page has not been updated for Snow Leopard and we could use your help). Additionally, we have a section on Astronomical Methods, including observing and data analysis with pages for individual instruments. We hope that the instrument wiki pages will be a place for people to share information such as observing logs, signal-to-noise calculators, custom scripts, useful links, and observing experiences as currently, many observatories do not provide a place for the user community to interact amongst themselves in this way. We have already added the instruments we use frequently; but we are really relying on you to add info from other observatories at all wavelengths.
In order to edit the wiki, you will need to register for a wiki account. Registration requires administrative approval so there may be a slight delay before you can proceed with editing; but this prevents spam. If you have trouble editing or are not comfortable with wiki syntax, feel free to email admin [at] astrobetter.com with your suggested modifications and we will incorporate them. If you don’t know where your content should go, again, please email us and we can stub something out in the proper place for your content.
We hope that you find the AstroBetter wiki useful and consider contributing to it. In particular, if you have content on your individual homepages that you were willing to share, such as tutorials, useful links, and code snippets, please consider putting it on AstroBetter since it will live longer and hopefully prosper even after you have moved on to your next institution. Happy wiki editing!