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Old 07-10-2018, 05:50 AM
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Exoplanet Detection with Consumer Equipment

I recently came across a group near where I live that configured their imaging equipment to detect exoplanet transits. I had no idea this was feasible with consumer telescopes and gear. I took a short drive to look over their equipment and talk to them to put together this article. Enjoy!
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Old 16-10-2018, 12:23 PM
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exoplanet detection

Very interesting read.Thanks for posting!
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Old 17-10-2018, 02:03 AM
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cool! And just today, another user posted a video tutorial on how he does it with gear worth $300.

From your PDF, both, yours and the other guy's thread, could be interpreted as a sinister campaign to get more amateurs to do the work too unsexy for scientists
Why is this important?**So amateurs can provide critical follow‐up observations for the professional observations from the new Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), launched April 18, 2018.**TESS’s two‐year all‐sky survey will focus on nearby G, K, and M type stars, including the 1,000 closest red dwarfs in an area 400 times larger than that covered by the Kepler mission.**TESS will also provide prime targets for more detailed investigation with the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) and other large ground‐based and space‐based telescopes.**
TESS’s system has a 20 arcsec/pixel resolution whereas ground instruments like MSRO have a 1.4 arcsec/pixel resolution.* * Follow‐up readings for TESS from ground‐based instrumentation like MSRO is therefore vital to increase confidence that any light curve changes in TESS’s data are not due to background stars in its resolution field.**Exoplanet research has therefore opened a new area where professional‐amateur collaboration is not only desired, but can be critically supportive
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