European Community Proposal
Amateur spectroscopy has come to age. Amateur astronomers in the hundreds throughout Europe are enjoying the analysis of light from stars and other astronomical objects. It has been a grassroots movement at the local level over the last decade. Where there was critical mass, amateur spectroscopists have organised at the national level. Well organised groups exist now in France, Germany and Switzerland. Amateur spectroscopists in other European countries are unfortunately left out in the cold. There is also much duplication of effort. There now at least 3 national internet forums for the exchange of information. The current state of affairs is neither effective not efficient. The proposal is for all amateur spectroscopists and their national groups to join forces and establish an European-wide community to the promotion of amateur spectroscopy.