Remember when you busted open the box of your iPad......how excited you were?
Then you loaded up with apps and off you went, the iPad has been a game changer on many levels. So can you really do serious astronomy on the iPad?
Y E S !!
At the end of the day its a really groovy, portable and easy to use browser.
The iTelescopes are all available to anyone who has an account, and that means you can go anywhere, relax and supervise your astronomy anywhere, anyhow, anytime.
So today we are bagging an Exo transit. [You're kidding right?] Read on....
Exo-planet Hat-P-3b was discovered in 2007 and is a K type star with a slightly smaller than Jupiter sized transiting planet that rips around the star about every 2.9 days.
I used Jeff Coughlin's exo-planet transit finder to locate a suitable transit time. I typed in a search for a period of about 3 days ahead into his Julian Day search, and looked for a good transit that started earlier than 11:30 UTC which is when the dawn starts to break in New Mexico. From a potential list of 15, Hat-P-3b presented as the best option, and at a shallow depth of only 14 mMag depth it looked to be challenging.
The entire imaging session was set up, launched and supervised from the iPad whilst the family watched the latest episode of Dr Who, after all there are other important things going on in the universe, and the iPad gives you lots of flexibility.
Here is a video of setting up a session on the iPad, and then processing the photometry data on the iPad, using the VPhot Tool.
The data has now been uploaded to the TRESCA database and verified by the TRESCA administrators. As I clipped the Egress a little, the Model Fit calculates the transit at 111 Minutes +/- 7.5 minutes which is fractionally on the low side of the Catalog Geometery of 123 minutes, I think another 5 or six data points would have put it spot on, but all in all a great result.
I Love my iPad !!!!
Now bring on some Kepler data ;-)