AAVSO Observer Code
American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO)
Full Name
Dennis Conti
Annapolis, MD, US
Background/Interesting Fact
Dennis Conti earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from Purdue University. After retiring from a career in telecommunications with Hughes Network Systems, Dennis became an avid deep sky and planetary imager. He then moved on to the detection of exoplanets and currently is Chair of AAVSO’s Exoplanet Section. Dennis recently headed up a collaboration of amateur astronomers around the globe who provided ground-based observations in support of a Hubble science team’s study of some 15 exoplanets. In addition, Dennis is a member of the KELT exoplanet follow-up team, is author of “A Practical Guide to Exoplanet Observing” (see, has spoken at various conferences and amateur astronomy clubs on the subject, and has conducted a number of workshops and training sessions on exoplanet observing using small telescopes.

Dennis lives in Annapolis, MD and from his permanent, peer-mounted telescope he is able to conduct exoplanet observations even in moderately light-polluted skies.
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CHOICE Courses Completed
Exoplanet Observing (instructor) 2017-03-03
Exoplanet Observing (instructor) 2017-10-27
Exoplanet Observing (instructor) 2018-03-03
Exoplanet Observing (instructor) 2018-11-05
Advanced AstroImageJ for Exoplanet Observing (instructor) 2022-03-15