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Southern Hemisphere automated supernova search

Williams, A.J., Martin, R., Verveer, A., Blair, D.G., Koch, R., Lynch, M.J. and Burman, R. (1995) Southern Hemisphere automated supernova search. Review of Scientific Instruments, 66 (4). pp. 2777-2784.

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    The Perth Astronomy Research Group has developed an automated supernova search program, using the 61 cm Perth–Lowell reflecting telescope at Perth Observatory in Western Australia, equipped with a CCD camera. The system is currently capable of observing about 15 objects per hour, using 3 min exposures, and has a detection threshold of 18th–19th magnitude. The entire system has been constructed using low‐cost IBM‐compatible computers. Two original discoveries (SN 1993K, SN 1994R) have so far been made during automated search runs. This paper describes the hardware and software used for the supernova search program, and shows some preliminary results from the search system.

    Publication Type: Journal Article
    Murdoch Affiliation: School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
    Publisher: American Institute of Physics
    Copyright: © 1995 American Institute of Physics.
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