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Status of the Perth Observatory Automated Supernova Search Program

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  25 April 2016

A. J. Williams
Affiliation:
University of Western Australia, Nedlands, WA 6009
D. G. Blair
Affiliation:
University of Western Australia, Nedlands, WA 6009
R. Burman
Affiliation:
University of Western Australia, Nedlands, WA 6009
M. Evans
Affiliation:
University of Western Australia, Nedlands, WA 6009
R. Martin
Affiliation:
Perth Observatory, Bickley, WA 6076
P. V. Birch
Affiliation:
Perth Observatory, Bickley, WA 6076
M. P. Candy
Affiliation:
Perth Observatory, Bickley, WA 6076
A. Verveer
Affiliation:
Perth Observatory, Bickley, WA 6076
R. Koch
Affiliation:
Curtin University of Technology, Bentley, WA 6102
M. J. Lynch
Affiliation:
Curtin University of Technology, Bentley, WA 6102
X. Dai
Affiliation:
Curtin University of Technology, Bentley, WA 6102
M. G. Zadnik
Affiliation:
Curtin University of Technology, Bentley, WA 6102
D. Foster
Affiliation:
Curtin University of Technology, Bentley, WA 6102

Abstract

The Perth Astronomy Research Group (PARG), consisting of members from Curtin University of Technology, Perth Observatory and the University of Western Australia, is in the process of developing an automated supernova search system, using the 61-cm Lowell-Perth reflector, a CCD camera and an 80386-based computer for image analysis. Computer control of the telescope and dome, a liquid-nitrogen-cooled CCD camera, and modified VISTA image analysis software will be completed in late 1990, allowing initial semi-automatic searching of external galaxies, together with CCD photometry of flare stars and newly discovered supernovae. Full-scale automation will be introduced subsequently, in collaboration with the Berkeley group. This paper describes the project, and reports on its current status.

Type
Extragalactic
Copyright
Copyright © Astronomical Society of Australia 1991

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References

Burman, R., Blair, D. G., Williams, A., Martin, R., Birch, P. V., Candy, M. P., Verveer, A., Koch, R., Lynch, M. J. and Dai, X., 1990, Aust. J. Astron., 3, 129.Google Scholar
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