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Long-term and intra-day variability of BL Lacertae since the last great outburst

  • Maria G. Nikolashvili (a1) and Omar M. Kurtanidze (a1)

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We present the results of optical photometry of BL Lacertae carried out using ST-6 CCD camera attached to the Newtonian focus of the 70 cm meniscus telescope of Abastumani Observatory. On the basis of observations conducted since August 1997 during more than 550 nights about 17000 frames were collected. They have been reduced using Daophot II.

It has been shown that optical variability of BL Lacertae is very complex. The maximum variation was observed at long-term scale and is equal to equals to 3.0 mag (rms=0.03) in B band, while the variation in V and R bands are within 2.71 mag (0.02) and 2.53 mag (0.01), respectively. This means that variations are larger at shorter wavelength or the object become bluer in the active phase. It were also demonstrated that BL Lacertae shows intra-day variability within 0.30 mag (0.02), while intra-hour variability within 0.10 mag (0.01) magnitudes.

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