Variable Star photometry with simple means

  1. BicycleRepairMan
    BicycleRepairMan
    Hi all!

    If you want to do precision variable star photometry, the minimum equipment would seem to be: cooled CCD, photometric filters, notebook, telescope, motorized mount, .... quite some investment of mony, and also quite time consuming to set up.

    The latest (March 2011) issue of Sky & Telescope has a very nioce article on DSLR photography by Brian Kloppenborg and Tom Pearson. Anybody who is interested in variable star observing but has avoided CCD should have a look at this article.

    It describes how you can do scientifically significant measurements on bright variable stars using just a DSLR, a conventional lens and a photo tripod (no guided mount necessary).

    Brian and Tom are active in the CitizenSky project (focused on the variable star Epsilon Aurigae) founded by the AAVSO, see http://www.citizensky.org

    CS
    HB
  2. mplanet62
    mplanet62
    Will need to have a look. Generally it's not a subject of my prime interest, but never say never...
  3. JFD
    JFD
    Re: Variable Star photometry

    Hello BicycleRepairMan
    Yoy spelled money wrong... do you true wheels??? now that's money... will check out Citizen Sky | Take part in Citizen Science!
    KISSoff

    This isn't Rocket Science...it's Astrophysics
    JFD
    Oberwerk BT-70-45 16x 8x
    Oberwerk Mirror Mount
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