Harvard Plate Collection Metcalf Telescope

DASCH
Digital Access to a Sky Century @ Harvard
A New Look at the Temporal Universe



Celebration of the 100,000th scanned plate on April 7, 2015.

Left to right: Front Row: Josh Grindlay, Robert Simcoe, Lindsay Smith, Alison Doane, Rear Row: Ramy Imam, Edward Los, Jessica Mink.

Current Project Team
Prof. Jonathan GrindlayHCO - Principal Investigator
Alison DoaneHCO - Plate Stacks Curator
Jessica MinkSAO - Archive Software
Bob SimcoeHCO associate - Scanner Hardware
Edward LosHCO associate - Scanner Software
Alan SliskiConsultant
Lindsay SmithHCO Senior Curatorial Technician
Ramy ImamLab Assistant/Engineer
Hannah SharafianPlate Preparation and scanning
William ToomeyPlate Scanning
Carl HeinrichPlate Scanning
Jim OstiguyLogbook Transcription Processing
Chris MarchantsLogbook Transcription Processing
Chase GreenSoftware, Plate Scanning
Bill RobinsonSoftware
Steve SiokPlate Scanning
Robert O'DayPlate Scanning
Ray KenisonPlate Scanning
Jeffrey HolmanPlate Preparation and Scanning
Julia HardyPlate Scanning
Ted BlankLogbook Transcription
Melanie GibsonLogbook Transcription
Jeremy AtkinsPlate Preparation
Joan HaglerPlate Scanning
Richard TeagueSoftware
Bob BabcockSoftware
John MessierCabinet maker
Monika FrerkPlate Preparation
Nathan PakPlate Preparation and Scanning
Adrián ArteagaPlate Preparation and Scanning
Matthew YoungPlate Preparation and Scanning
Bryan BrzyckiPlate Preparation and Scanning
Nicholas JamesPlate Preparation and Scanning
Alexander RichardsPlate Preparation and Scanning
Thomas RhinesHCO 2013/2014/2015 Summer Intern
Nicholas JamesHCO 2015 Summer Intern
Alexander RichardsHCO 2015 Summer Intern
Bryan BrzyckiHCO 2015 Summer Intern
Emma SantelmannHCO 2014 Summer Assistant
Henri Garrison-DesanyHCO 2014 Summer Assistant
Chris MerchantzHCO 2014 Summer Assistant
Sarah WardHCO 2014 Summer Assistant
Chris MerchantzHCO 2014 Summer Assistant
Shahd LabibHCO 2014 Summer Assistant
James FaleseHCO 2012-2014 Summer Intern
Ryan CorneliusHCO 2014 Summer Intern
Hannah ArabadjisHCO 2014 Summer Intern
Omar El NahasHCO 2014 Summer Intern
Project Alumni
Sumin TangPhotometry
Mathieu ServillatPhotometry
George MillerGraduate Student - Transient Search
Bill WeirWPI - Machinist
John BlomquistMachinist
Michael Shaw2006 Summer Intern
Bruce BergerSoftware
Tom CalderwoodSoftware
Adam AtanasSoftware
Tracy McGinnisHCO - Assistant Curator
Jaime PepperHCO - Assistant Curator
David SliskiHCO - Assistant Curator
Lora StoianovaHCO - Assistant Curator
Matthew GordonStudent Volunteer
Silas LaycockPhotometry
Charles SteinhardtGraduate Student - Database
Phyllis Van DynePlate Preparation
Andrew FlesherPlate Preparation and Scanning
John LeonelliPlate Scanning
Emily ZhangHCO 2011 Summer Assistant
Brian ClausHCO 2011 Summer Assistant
Steve HombergStudent Programmer
Bianca HombergStudent Programmer
Preetham Chippada2012 Summer Intern
Esteniol Maitre2012 Summer Intern
Jaimie RyanHCO 2012 Summer Assistant
Tyreke WhiteHCO 2012 Summer Assistant
Hannah AlpertHCO 2012 Summer Assistant
Dylan TeagueHCO 2013 Summer Assistant
Timothy ChungHCO 2013 Summer Assistant
Kent ChanHCO 2013 Summer Assistant
Ellery Buntell2013 Summer Intern
Nick Bealo2013 Summer Intern
Sandy El MoghaziHCO 2013 Summer Assistant


We appreciate the efforts of the logbook transcribers at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, the Astronomical League, the Amateur Telescope Makers of Boston, and through the Smithsonian Transcription Center. The AMNH effort is led by Dr. Michael Shara, Curator, Dept. of Astrophysics, Christine Davis and formerly by Holly Barton. Their team includes the following volunteers: Dave Krystel, Frank Piscitelli, Jane Wolff, Joseph Doherty, Michael Hamburg, Trudy Reitz, and Veronika Lea Kelly . Past contributors are Andrew Epstein, Aryeh Baruch, Barry Chin, Ian McManus, Kenneth Cunningham, Larry Furtsch, Lika Levi, Malcolm McLain, Michael Groysman, Michael Yohe, Nicole Steadman, Peter Lachman, Peter Marsh, Steve Goscinski, and Valerie Thaler.
The top contributors via the Smithsonian Transcription Center website include Mark Phillips, Russell Martin, Dana Boomer, Cindy Wano, Michelle Marshall, Patricia Cox, Mario Marani, Meghan Ferriter, Al Lamperti, Erin Trakel, Angela Reeves, Siobhan Leachman, and a number of anonymous individuals.
Participants from the Astronomical League are Albert Lamperti, Jerry Koenig, Jonathan Wheeler, Jon Wheeler , Mike Hotka, Grady Boyce, Anthony Cao, and Kris Huntler; and from the Amateur Telescope Makers of Boston, Nina Craven.

DASCH team gathering, July 2014 . Left to right: Robert Simcoe, Edward Los, Ellie Simcoe, Josh Grindlay, Alison Doane, Rami El Adli, Sarah Ward, Chris Merchantz, Shahd Labib, Emma Santelmann, Richard Teague, Lindsay Smith, George Miller, Lora Stoianova, Thomas Rhines, Ray Kennison, David Sliski, and Alan Sliski. Not shown: Steve Siok, Nathan Pak, Jeffrey Holman, Timothy Chung, Henri Garrison-Desany, Ryan Cornelius, James P Falese, Hannah Arabadjis, and Jim Ostiguy.

DASCH team gathering, July 2013 . Top Row left to right: Ellie Simcoe, Robert Simcoe, Edward Los, Josh Grindlay, George Miller, Alan Sliski, Ellery Buntell, and David Sliski. Bottom row: Thomas Rhines, Rami El Adli, Kent Chan, Jamie Pepper, and Sandy El Moghazi. Not shown: Tim Chung, James Falese, and Nick Bealo.

The DASCH 2012 summer staff for prepared and scanned over 9,000 plates from June 1 to September 1. Top row: Esteniol Maitre, Ramy El Adli, and Jaimie Ryan. Middle row: Hannah Alpert and Tyreke White. Bottom row: Alison Doane, Jaime Pepper and David Sliski. Not shown: James Falese, Preetham Chippada, and Joan Hagler.

DASCH team meeting in December, 2011. Standing, left to right: Josh Grindlay, Mathieu Servillat, Steve Siok. Seated: Jim Ostiguy, David Sliski, Ray Kennison, Jamie Pepper, Alison Doane, Bob Simcoe, Edward Los, and Sumin Tang.