exoplanets for amateurs

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exoplanets for amateurs

Post by Stalker on 3rd September 2009, 2:05 am


I would like to know if there was a possibility as students to participate in search of exoplanets

Are there projects to which it is possible to adhere?

What equipment needs him to have?

I had heard about a programme of monitorings of transits by students in dissertation. Can I have information about this?

I ask the same questions on the research of discs of dusts and brown dwarfs


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Re: exoplanets for amateurs

Post by Sirius_Alpha on 3rd September 2009, 2:23 am

There is Systemic, which allows anyone to browse through radial velocity data and detect planets. Fits to the data may be uploaded to the "backend".

Tutorial 1
Tutorial 2
Tutorial 3

This requires no equipment of special knowledge (aside from how to work the programme of course, which are what the tutorials are for).

If you have a telescope (preferably with an objective diameter above 5 in or so) and a CCD (charged coupled device, they measure light intensity, they're in your scanners, digital cameras, etc), then you can detect a few of the bright transiting planets (HD 209458 b, HD 189733 b are examples). The better the telescope, the more you can detect.

Here's a pdf that deals with detect transiting planets for ametures.

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