I just had a discussion with Stella Kafka from the AAVSO about some pretty exciting connections LSST can make with the community of non-professional astronomers via the LSST alert stream.
The main use case, and one I don’t think we support, is for transients that saturate in LSST. They will be right in the sweet spot for many amateur astronomers to follow up while saturated in LSST. A very cool opportunity from the EPO stand point is that when a transient saturates, we can put it in a special place to let people know it is available for follow up and even indicate when people begin taking data on that object.
Am I right that there is no way to trigger on an event where the object has reached saturation? Since we don’t publish the SFM data with the alert, there are no saturation flags. You could presumably look at the postage stamp, but that seems more difficult than it should be.