-- PaulHallam - 18 Oct 2013


  • To observe a number of variable stars over the course of multiple weeks.
  • To use the programming language Python to analyse the magnitude of these stars as a function of time
  • To determine both the variable period and variation in magnitude of these stars
  • Prior to this, take dark frames as detailed in Data and Logs dark study
  • Use Python to analyse these dark frames via Histogram plots and plots of column mean and standerd deviation, to determine if the pixels follow a Poisson distribution.
  • To compare my results regarding dark frames with Chris Haynes and Ryan Cheale's results.

List of Potential Targets

  • Gamma Cassiopeia - Variable Star (Gamma Cassiopeia Variable), magnitude variation 1.5 - 3.0, period 0.7 day, Good Visibility
  • Delta Cephei - Variable Star (Cephid Variable), magnitude variation 3.5 - 4.4, period 5.4 day, Good Visibility
  • Beta Persei - Variable Star (Algol Variable), magnitude variation 2.1 - 3.4, period 2.9 day, Good Visibility
  • Eta Aquila - Variable Star (Cephid Variable), magnitude variation 3.5 - 4.4, period 7.2 day, Poor Visibility
  • RR Lyrae - Variable Star (RR Lyrae Variable) magnitude variation 7.06 - 8.12, period 0.6 day, Good Visibilty

Data and Logs

18/10/13 Dark Frames: Dark Study

23/10/13 FIrst Observation: Observation_RC_PH_CH

25/10/13 Dark Frames: Dark Study

1/10/13 Cooler Study: Cooler Study

Major Project Meetings

24/10/13 Project Meeting Minutes

Useful Information

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