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Automatic measurement system for astronomical education
Author(s): Lech Mankiewicz; Krzysztof T. Pozniak; Ryszard S. Romaniuk; Przemyslaw Szamocki; Grzegorz Wrochna
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Paper Abstract

An automatic system for simple astronomical measurements is proposed. It consists of a CCD based webcam, standard photo-lenses and rotating mount with a computer driven step motor. The system is controlled by dedicated user friendly software with an intuitive graphical user interface. It is demonstrated how it can be used to measure light curves of variable stars. The cost of the system is below $200 and it is well suitable for education or for hobby.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 July 2004
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5484, Photonics Applications in Astronomy, Communications, Industry, and High-Energy Physics Experiments II, (22 July 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.568922
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Lech Mankiewicz, Ctr. for Theoretical Physics (Poland)
Krzysztof T. Pozniak, Warsaw Univ. of Technology (Poland)
Ryszard S. Romaniuk, Warsaw Univ. of Technology (Poland)
Przemyslaw Szamocki, Warsaw Univ. of Technology (Poland)
Grzegorz Wrochna, Andrzej Soltan Institute for Nuclear Studies (Poland)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5484:
Photonics Applications in Astronomy, Communications, Industry, and High-Energy Physics Experiments II
Ryszard S. Romaniuk, Editor(s)

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