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T11 Science Spot 

 Pete Lake - iTelescope Affiliate

All, welcome to my little corner of the iTelescope.net Website, where I will be posting a little astro action and activities from my AARTScope Blog as well. Due to my association with iTelescope and through my blog, the Hubble Space telescope and ESO now follow me on twitter.

I regularly chase asteroids and work with Variable star observers so I'll keep you up to date on my activities.

Astronomy is a pursuit where everyone is so helpful and eager to share their knowledge, with the internet and a growing population of iTelescope.net users, its a great scene to be a part of. 

My AARTScope blog is where I do most of my writing and occasionally host the Carnival of Space. AARTScope's mission is to "help create the sense of anticipation and discovery that keeps scientists asking questions".

AARTScope is quite deliberately a blend of Art and Science which highlights the full capabilities of T-011, as its great for the best of astrophotography and has already done some stellar science (if you pardon the pun).

Some of my most popular articles have been the Hyabusa Re-entry live blogging session where over 300 visitors from Asia and around the world joined the live blogging session. Recently I also did a great article for the ESO on Paranal and the visit of the world's first electric supercar.

I have also done a couple of interviews on Astronomy.FM including one on Photometry as a cloud service. Yep you read that correctly, iTelescope.net is certainly on the cutting edge.

 


Sunday
May082011

Exo-planets on the iPad

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 ;-)

Cheers

Astroswanny

Tuesday
May032011

Latest image of (not going to hit the earth) Comet Elenin

Using the fantastic new "One Click comet" feature on the new GRAS telescope interface, this is the latest image of Comet Elenin, officially known as C/2010 X1 (Elenin).

This is actually 2 x "one clicks" stacked for the movement of the comet, a ten minute exposure.

The GRAS telescopes actually track the comet, using this method, and the background stars are a little oval shaped because the telescope is tracking the movement of the comet not the stars. Here I have taken two images and stacked them by doing a single star alignment in the combine and selected the coma of the comet as the stacking point - thus you see two sightly oval background stars almost joined together (a short gap between images).

Each image is 300 sec and was taken on the G11 20inch Planewave in the Luminance filter.

If you want to get a little bit schmancy you can go to the Minor Planet Center here and get the "One line MPC Code" for the comet.

Now enter C/2010 X1 in target, H06, I89 or E03 in Observatory for NMS, Spain or Australia and check the box that says "MPC 1-Line" and take the text output to cut and paste as your co-ordinates in the comet section on the telescope interface. (Note H06 is H - zero - 6, E03 is E -zero- 3)

Your Input should look something like this. Cut and Paste it into the GRAS Comet interface:

 "CK10X010  2011 09 10.7243  0.482463  1.000023  343.8091  323.2236  1.8391  20110827  10.0  4.0  C/2010 X1 (Elenin)"

 You can then set up an image sequence to take some RGB colors and combine them for a color shot.

UPDATE: 16/5/2011

So here is what a color shot will look like stacked for the movement of the Comet, there are some elaborate ways of developing the comet and re-placing it amongst standard background stars - another day perhaps.

Tonight, Elenin was travelling through some "oncoming traffic" (relatively speaking) passing two asteroids Zoya (1793) and (7503) 1996 VJ38, an unexpected little surprise.

There is not much color there just yet but a little later in the year and there should be some really nice images to be had. 

Happy Comet hunting - Cheers

Peter

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