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

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  30 January 2013

Xu Zhou
Affiliation:
National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 100012, China; zhouxu@bao.ac.cn Chinese Center for Antarctic Astronomy
M. C. B. Ashley
Affiliation:
School of Physics, University of New South Wales, Sydney NSW 2052, Australia
Xiangqun Cui
Affiliation:
Nanjing Institute of Astronomical Optics and Technology, Nanjing 210042, China Chinese Center for Antarctic Astronomy
Longlong Feng
Affiliation:
Purple Mountain Observatory, Nanjing 210008, China Chinese Center for Antarctic Astronomy
Xuefei Gong
Affiliation:
Nanjing Institute of Astronomical Optics and Technology, Nanjing 210042, China Chinese Center for Antarctic Astronomy
Jingyao Hu
Affiliation:
National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 100012, China; zhouxu@bao.ac.cn Chinese Center for Antarctic Astronomy
Zhaoji Jiang
Affiliation:
National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 100012, China; zhouxu@bao.ac.cn Chinese Center for Antarctic Astronomy
C. A. Kulesa
Affiliation:
Steward Observatory, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721USA
J. S. Lawrence
Affiliation:
School of Physics, University of New South Wales, Sydney NSW 2052, Australia Macquarie University & Anglo-Australian Observatory
Genrong Liu
Affiliation:
Nanjing Institute of Astronomical Optics and Technology, Nanjing 210042, China
D. M. Luong-Van
Affiliation:
School of Physics, University of New South Wales, Sydney NSW 2052, Australia
Jun Ma
Affiliation:
National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 100012, China; zhouxu@bao.ac.cn
Lucas M. Macri
Affiliation:
National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 100012, China; zhouxu@bao.ac.cn School of Physics, University of New South Wales, Sydney NSW 2052, Australia
Zeyang Meng
Affiliation:
Department of Astronomy & Key Laboratory of Modern Astronomy and Astrophysics in Ministry of Education, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China
A. M. Moore
Affiliation:
Department of Astronomy, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena CA 91125, USA
Weijia Qin
Affiliation:
Polar Research Institute of China, Pudong, Shanghai 200136, China
Zhaohui Shang
Affiliation:
Tianjin Normal University, Tianjin 300074, China
J. W. V. Storey
Affiliation:
School of Physics, University of New South Wales, Sydney NSW 2052, Australia
Bo Sun
Affiliation:
Polar Research Institute of China, Pudong, Shanghai 200136, China
T. Travouillon
Affiliation:
Department of Astronomy, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena CA 91125, USA
C. K. Walker
Affiliation:
Steward Observatory, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721USA
Jiali Wang
Affiliation:
National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 100012, China; zhouxu@bao.ac.cn Chinese Center for Antarctic Astronomy
Lifan Wang
Affiliation:
Purple Mountain Observatory, Nanjing 210008, China Chinese Center for Antarctic Astronomy
Lingzhi Wang
Affiliation:
National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 100012, China; zhouxu@bao.ac.cn Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics & Astronomy, Department of Physics & Astronomy, Texas A&M University, College Station TX 77843, USA
Songhu Wang
Affiliation:
Department of Astronomy & Key Laboratory of Modern Astronomy and Astrophysics in Ministry of Education, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China
Jianghua Wu
Affiliation:
National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 100012, China; zhouxu@bao.ac.cn
Zhenyu Wu
Affiliation:
National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 100012, China; zhouxu@bao.ac.cn
Lirong Xia
Affiliation:
Nanjing Institute of Astronomical Optics and Technology, Nanjing 210042, China
Jun Yan
Affiliation:
National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 100012, China; zhouxu@bao.ac.cn Chinese Center for Antarctic Astronomy
Ji Yang
Affiliation:
Purple Mountain Observatory, Nanjing 210008, China
Huigen Yang
Affiliation:
Polar Research Institute of China, Pudong, Shanghai 200136, China
Yongqiang Yao
Affiliation:
National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 100012, China; zhouxu@bao.ac.cn
Xiangyan Yuan
Affiliation:
Nanjing Institute of Astronomical Optics and Technology, Nanjing 210042, China Chinese Center for Antarctic Astronomy
D. York
Affiliation:
Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics and Enrico Fermi Institute, University of Chicago, Chicago IL 60637, USA
Hui Zhang
Affiliation:
Department of Astronomy & Key Laboratory of Modern Astronomy and Astrophysics in Ministry of Education, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China
Zhanhai Zhang
Affiliation:
Polar Research Institute of China, Pudong, Shanghai 200136, China
Jilin Zhou
Affiliation:
Department of Astronomy & Key Laboratory of Modern Astronomy and Astrophysics in Ministry of Education, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China
Zhenxi Zhu
Affiliation:
Purple Mountain Observatory, Nanjing 210008, China Chinese Center for Antarctic Astronomy
Hu Zou
Affiliation:
National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 100012, China; zhouxu@bao.ac.cn
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Abstract

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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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Copyright © International Astronomical Union 2013

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