NGC 1365 velocity field image

Velocity field of NGC 1365, obtained with the Rutgers Fabry-Perot, CTIO 1.5-m telescope

Benjamin Weiner

formerly at UCO/Lick Observatory, now Steward Observatory, University of Arizona

I am now an Assistant Astronomer at Steward Observatory in the MIPS team; while at Lick I was working with the DEEP survey. In between I helped build the Maryland-Magellan Tunable Filter (MMTF) with Prof. Sylvain Veilleux. My home page has moved to

Prior to Maryland, I was a postdoc with the DEEP project at UCO/Lick Observatory at the University of California, Santa Cruz; a Carnegie Fellow at the Carnegie Observatories; and a grad student at Rutgers University, alma mater of Mr. Magoo. I was born in California (that makes me a citizen, so they can't kick me out if they secede) but grew up in Pittsburgh.

Professional Stuff

Research interests [somewhat outdated]
Previous research

Research interests

This space under construction...

- Study of galaxy formation and evolution through measurements of galaxy structure (luminosity, color, concentration, bulge/disk) and internal kinematics (velocity widths, rotation, non-circular motions) from local galaxies to z=1
- Structure, dynamics and evolution of barred galaxies
- Faint optical emission from high-velocity clouds
- 2-dimensional spatially resolved spectroscopy: Fabry-Perot and integral field
- Computational fluid dynamics, simulations of gas flow in galaxies
- Optical telescope instrumentation


Some possibly useful software I've written.

Contact information

Benjamin Weiner
Steward Observatory
University of Arizona
933 N. Cherry St.
Tucson, AZ  85721

email: bjw -at-
phone: 520-626-1798

Some photographs.

Reasons to go to the telescope:

Number 1
Number 2

Bored with the web?

Here are some links to places slightly better than this modest (i.e. lame) page.

Museum of Jurassic Technology
Source Sriracha: Huy Fong Foods
Iron Chef
The Quincy, M.E. Punk Rock Episode The original link is dead; the Request Line zine died some time ago and now the archive is gone too. And the link used to take you to Sam Goody, yet another example of why the web just isn't that interesting any more. What good is a medium that has no place for a tribute to a TV show in which Jack Klugman warns the nation of the dangers of punk rock? But wait, great news! Thanks to the Internet Archive, now you can still visit the all-powerful Quincy, M.E. Punk Rock Episode!

Hot news: Weapon of Mass Destruction Found!


The Four Steps to Project Completion:

1. Concept
2. Design
3. Execution
4. Blaming of the Uninvolved

Programmer's Tip of the Day:

Version control isn't any help if all the versions suck.

P.S. Are you ready in the event of a national emergency?