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Progress and Results from the Chinese Small Telescope ARray (CSTAR)

  • Xu Zhou (a1) (a2), M. C. B. Ashley (a3), Xiangqun Cui (a4) (a2), Longlong Feng (a5) (a2), Xuefei Gong (a4) (a2), Jingyao Hu (a1) (a2), Zhaoji Jiang (a1) (a2), C. A. Kulesa (a6), J. S. Lawrence (a3) (a7), Genrong Liu (a4), D. M. Luong-Van (a3), Jun Ma (a1), Lucas M. Macri (a1) (a3), Zeyang Meng (a8), A. M. Moore (a9), Weijia Qin (a10), Zhaohui Shang (a11), J. W. V. Storey (a3), Bo Sun (a10), T. Travouillon (a9), C. K. Walker (a6), Jiali Wang (a1) (a2), Lifan Wang (a5) (a2), Lingzhi Wang (a1) (a12), Songhu Wang (a8), Jianghua Wu (a1), Zhenyu Wu (a1), Lirong Xia (a4), Jun Yan (a1) (a2), Ji Yang (a5), Huigen Yang (a10), Yongqiang Yao (a1), Xiangyan Yuan (a4) (a2), D. York (a13), Hui Zhang (a8), Zhanhai Zhang (a10), Jilin Zhou (a8), Zhenxi Zhu (a5) (a2) and Hu Zou (a1)...


In 2008 January the 24th Chinese expedition team successfully deployed the Chinese Small Telescope ARray (CSTAR) to Dome A, the highest point on the Antarctic plateau. CSTAR consists of four 14.5cm optical telescopes, each with a different filter (g, r, i and open) and has a 4.5°×4.5° field of view (FOV). Based on the CSTAR data, initial statistics of astronomical observational site quality and light curves of variable objects were obtained. To reach higher photometric quality, we are continuing to work to overcome the effects of uneven cirrus cloud cirrus, optical “ghosts” and intra-pixel sensitivity. The snow surface stability is also tested for further astronomical observational instrument and for glaciology studies.



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