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AAVSO Spring Meeting, 2011 Using the Bradford Robotic Telescope & VPhot for Variable Star Photometry Richard ''Doc'' Kinne Astronomical Technologist AAVSO.

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1 AAVSO Spring Meeting, 2011 Using the Bradford Robotic Telescope & VPhot for Variable Star Photometry Richard ''Doc'' Kinne Astronomical Technologist AAVSO

2 AAVSO Spring Meeting, 2011 What is the Bradford Robotic Telescope? A remote, robotic telescope. Operated by the University of Bradford, England Located in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

3 AAVSO Spring Meeting, 2011 Equipment Available Constellation Camera FLI MaxCam CM2-1 w 1k x1k pixel chip. Opticals are a Nikon 16mm f2.8 lens. Coverage: 40 sq. degrees Filters Red, Green, Blue (RGB system), ND2, Clear

4 AAVSO Spring Meeting, 2011 Equipment Available Cluster Camera FLI MaxCam CM2-1 w 1k x1k pixel chip. Opticals are a Nikon 200mm f2.8 lens. Coverage: ~4.3 sq. degrees Filters Red, Green, Blue (RGB system), ND3, Clear

5 AAVSO Spring Meeting, 2011 Equipment Available Galaxy Camera! Camera FLI MicroLine 1k x1k chip. Each pixel at 13um sq. Opticals: A Schmidt-Cassegrain Celestron C14 w an effective focal length of 1877mm at f5.3 Coverage: ~24 arc min. Filters: Johnson BVRI, OIII, ND3, HA Yea, This is the One!

6 AAVSO Spring Meeting, 2011 Setting up a Job

7 AAVSO Spring Meeting, 2011 Setting up an Object

8 AAVSO Spring Meeting, 2011 Selecting a Scope

9 AAVSO Spring Meeting, 2011 Selecting Exposure Time & Filter

10 AAVSO Spring Meeting, 2011 Interlude – Waiting for the Job Strengths of the Bradford Robotic Telescope Simple Interface – meant for education. Excellent to monitor LPV. Weaknesses of the Bradford Robotic Telescope It is not an interactive scope. You have no control over queue wait time. Not good for monitoring CVs or quickly following up on on anything. Cannot do time series.

11 AAVSO Spring Meeting, 2011 Retrieving your Job – You've Got Mail!

12 AAVSO Spring Meeting, 2011 Job Details

13 AAVSO Spring Meeting, 2011 Job Details

14 AAVSO Spring Meeting, 2011 VPhot

15 AAVSO Spring Meeting, 2011 Vphot – Uploading Images

16 AAVSO Spring Meeting, 2011 VPhot – Quick Upload

17 AAVSO Spring Meeting, 2011 VPhot - Uploading

18 AAVSO Spring Meeting, 2011 VPhot – The Uploaded Image

19 AAVSO Spring Meeting, 2011 VPhot – Image Analysis

20 AAVSO Spring Meeting, 2011 VPhot – Image Analysis

21 AAVSO Spring Meeting, 2011 VPhot – Image Analysis

22 AAVSO Spring Meeting, 2011 VPhot – The Photometry Report

23 AAVSO Spring Meeting, 2011 VPhot – The AAVSO Report

24 AAVSO Spring Meeting, 2011 Downloaded to your Computer – aavso_report.txt #TYPE=EXTENDED #OBSCODE=KQR #SOFTWARE=VPhot 3.1 #DELIM=, #DATE=JD #OBSTYPE=CCD #NAME,DATE,MAG,MERR,FILT,TRANS,MTYPE,CNAME,C MAG,KNAME,KMAG,AMASS,GROUP,CHART,NOTES RV Tau, ,9.597,0.085,V,NO,ABS,ENSEMBLE,na, 126,12.625,na,na,4620VM,From the BRT

25 AAVSO Spring Meeting, 2011 To WebObs, Star Boy!

26 AAVSO Spring Meeting, 2011 WebObs – Upload the File

27 AAVSO Spring Meeting, 2011 WebObs – Review the Observation

28 AAVSO Spring Meeting, 2011 WebObs – SUCCESS!

29 AAVSO Spring Meeting, 2011 Thanks! Mike Simonsen – for CCD concept assistance. Dr. Arne Henden – for filter concept assistance. Dr. Aaron Price, Kate Davis, & Will McMain – for WebObs and the AAVSO Website Geir Klingenberg & Michael Kran – for VPhot! The BRT Team – for maintaining and keeping the Bradford Robotic Scope available and open!

30 AAVSO Spring Meeting, 2011 Special Thanks! Gary Poyner, FRAS – For introducing me to the Bradford Robotic Telescope in particular, and robotic telescope observing in general. Thanks, Mate!


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