Frequently Asked Questions
The delay in getting the COSETI fully operational has been due to pressures of my day job and the effort in putting this web site together. It is now hoped that quantitative and regular observational runs will start in the Spring of 1998.
Later in 1998.
The short answer for the moment is "No". There may be in the future, if and when external funding is obtained.
I think your estimates of maximum ETI EIRPs are very optimistic. Is it still sensible for amateurs to do Optical SETI if expected EIRPs are much less?
If the pulsed attention-getting EIRPs of ETI beacons are much smaller than I have projected, then it will be necessary to use an optical filter to cut down the noise from the sky and stellar backgrounds. This will increase the search time as "magic optical frequencies" will have to be chosen for the filter and many filters used or a tunable filter employed to cover the desired frequency space. Thus, the search time per star will be increased. The effort to look for pulsed beacons will then begin to approach the effort required to look for monochromatic continuous wave beacons.
The next international conference on Optical SETI is expected to be held in late January 1999.