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Two-star photoelectric photometer
Author(s): Daniel B. Caton; R. Lee Hawkins
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Paper Abstract

A three-detector photoelectric photometer system being developed for use on the 46-cm telescope (and on a planned 80-cm telescope) at the Appalachian State University Dark Sky Observatory is described. One (PIN-diode) detector is used to obtain sky brightness, while the other two can be aligned for simultaneous observations of two objects by adjusting the separation and position angle with stepper motors. Fiber-optic image conduits mounted beside the detectors feed a CCD video camera, permitting field acquisition and microcomputer-based control of the stepping motors from the observatory warm room. Consideration is given to the full-field filter system, the detector characteristics, the data-acquisition and control electronics, and the control software. Plans call for initial testing on the telescope in 1990 and operational status in 1991.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 1990
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 1235, Instrumentation in Astronomy VII, (1 July 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.19143
Show Author Affiliations
Daniel B. Caton, Appalachian State Univ. (United States)
R. Lee Hawkins, Appalachian State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1235:
Instrumentation in Astronomy VII
David L. Crawford, Editor(s)

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