Observing Program with the BGSU 0.5-m
We have develoed an observational research program using the
0.5-meter Telescope and CCD Camera system. The aim is to involve
student observers in astronomical research which will be published in
In May 1999, we received a new AP6e
CCD camera from Apogee Instruments,
Inc, a new; 8-position filter wheel from DFM
Engineering, Inc; and a new Pentium II PC from Gateway. In June
1999, we completed lab testing and characterization of the new
system, and began a research program with the help of undergraduate
Nick Pearson and masters student Boncho Bonev. Since then, we have
been acquiring differential photometry of relatively bright variable
stars. Here is a description of the BGSU
Variable Star Project and our goals, including information about
group and our efforts on variable stars in globular clusters.
BGSU Observatory Manuals:
- Weather maps: Visible
- Weather observing profile: WeatherUnderground for BG or Cleardarksky.com for BG (thanks to Gus Cardona).
- Weather Forecasts: NWS/Cleveland
or Weather.com or Intellicast.com.
- Current Time
from the US Naval Observatory and yearly Sun/Moon/Twilight calendars (scroll to Notes).
- Monthly calendar of Lunar
Phase and Position from the Wise Observatory (Isreal).
- Make finder charts and get equatorial coordinates from the Digitized Sky Survey.
of the AP6 CCD.
- Learn about CCDs (Charge Coupled Devices) from Apogee's
- Astronomy 3090 -- taking pictures with the CCD, (a) basic instructions, (b) advanced, (c) find UT.
- Basic instructions for display of existing CCD images by the
- Learning the basics of UNIX, IRAF and SuperMongo for BGSU students
- Advanced Photometry:
- 2MASS infrared sky survey images and point source catalog
- Catalogue of Variable Stars in Globular Clusters (Clement et al. 2010)
- Catalog of Accurate Equatorial Coordinates for Variable Stars in Globular Clusters (Samus et al, 2009, PASP, 121, 1378)
- General Catalogue of Variable Stars (GCVS; Samus et al. 2007-9, field stars) and definitions of variable types (2009, GCVS4)
- AAVSO Variable Star Index (VSX) and definitions of variable types
- Stetson photometric standards (esp globular and open clusters)
- Properties of Galactic Globular Clusters (Harris 1996)
- Calibrate your eye to assess the Crowding Class of a variable star using our flyspanker.
- ADS astronomy literature search
- PROMPT/Skynet telescopes
- Period finding methods:
- LaTex and AASTex (converting JPG to EPS for bgthesis format) for professional scientific publishing.
- Poetic Inspiration
Here is the current observing schedule:
If you can not observe on your assigned
night, please make arrangements with someone to cover for
you. If you want to get some extra hours, feel free to pick up an open night.
Spring/Fall Stargaze sessions are held MTWR nights at 9:30pm and Sun at 10, lasting for 1-2 hours, every week of the term, with exceptions for holidays. Summer Stargaze sessions are held the first clear night of MTWR from 11-12pm (only one stargaze per week).
Please give the stargaze staff complete control of the telescope when
they ask. After that, ASTR 3090 students get next priority at the telescope, then LPV observers, then those observing for fun.
This work has been funded through grants from the National Science
Foundation and from NASA
"Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation or of NASA."
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