Puckett Observatory is a private astronomical observatory located in the North Georgia Mountains, near Ellijay, Georgia, United States. It is owned and operated by Tim Puckett. Its primary observation goals are the study of comets and the discovery of supernovae. To facilitate the latter goal it sponsors the Puckett Observatory World Supernova Search whose astronomers have discovered 266 supernovae.
The Puckett Observatory houses two telescopes. The 60 cm (24”) Ritchey-Chrétien telescope was custom engineered and built by Puckett, and took nine years to complete, going online full-time in 1997. The telescope features a new type of hybrid disk/band worm drive designed by Puckett in 1993.The other observatory telescope includes a Celestron C-14 Schmidt-Cassegrain with a Software Bisque's Paramount ME Robotic Telescope System.
World Supernova Search
The Puckett Observatory World Supernova Search was formed in 1998, with its principal investigator being Tim Puckett. The search consists of a team of amateur astronomers located in the United States, Canada and Italy. Observatories participating in the search include the Puckett Observatory, and telescopes located in Portal, Arizona (Jack Newton), and Osoyoos, BC (Ajai Sehgal).
The observatory uses computers to control the robotic telescopes and sends the images to volunteers via the Internet. Each image is manually compared ("blinked") to archive images. At least 40 hours each week are required to run the search operation. All team members have contributed thousands of hours to analyzing the data. Past and present members include: Eric Briggs, Lou Cox, Debra Ceravolo, Peter Ceravolo, Tom Crowley, Robert Gagliano, Doug George, R. Scott Ireland, Brian Kerns, Anthony Kroes, Alex Langoussis, Caroline Moore, Robert Moore, Jack Newton, Mike O’Connor, Tom Orff, Andrea Pelloni, Mike Peoples, Richard Post, Ajai Sehgal, Ingrid Siegert, Giovanni Sostero, Jennifer Tigner. A complete list of the supernova discoveries, including IAU Circular references can be found on AstronomyOnline.
- The POSS search team made a rare discovery of two supernovae in one galaxy. Details of the discovery in UGC 4132 can be found in the IAU circular 8605.
- Possible quasar in Bootes. IAU circular 8518 - Variable Object in Bootes
- Cataclysmic Nova in Hercules - CBET 226
- SN 2005bc
- SN 2005gl
- SN 2008ha
- CBET 1966 : 20091011 : VARIABLE STAR IN PEGASUS
- SN 2002bj Supernova fits into new class
- 2012A Announcement in Sky and Telescope
- SN 2012A Astronomy Picture of the Day
- SN 2012A Puckett Scores, AAVSO Gets Assist
- Minor planet: 1999 JR137