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Old 25-02-2021, 07:21 PM
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Detected my first (previously known) Exoplanet!

Last night I detected my first (previously known) exoplanet! I did this by the tried-and-true transit method.

The exoplanet I chose is called WASP-19b, it is located around 880 LY away in the constellation Vela. It is a Jupiter-sized planet with an orbital period (year) of less than 19 earth-hours!

Definitely room for improvement of the data quality, would probably better to have a higher focal length than my current 420mm. Still very happy, didn't know whether it would work at all, I was overjoyed when I plotted the data and saw the dip!

Multi-aperture photometry measurements made in AstroImage J, and model fitting performed on Exoplanet Transit Database online light curve model-fitting tool.

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Old 25-02-2021, 08:42 PM
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Old 26-02-2021, 09:35 AM
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Well done !
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Amazing - who would have thought you could be detecting interstellar planets from your backyard?


Just wondering, should this image be posted in the "planetary" section, or the one for DSO's?
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Old 27-02-2021, 03:52 PM
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This is the coolest thing ever
Huge congratulations!!! I'd be so stoked with that. Incredible
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Old 28-02-2021, 11:34 AM
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Thanks a lot everyone! I was genuinely surprised it worked first try!

Granted the data quality could absolutely be improved, but that's something I'll work on the more I do this
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Old 28-02-2021, 11:47 AM
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Just Amazing that amateurs can now do this kind of research .
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Really great stuff
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Old 28-02-2021, 11:50 PM
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Thatís a great achievement 👍 up here, we wold be happy for the clouds (and cyclones) to bugger off
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Old 14-03-2021, 06:14 PM
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Well done...inspirational!
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awesome stuff Stefan! congrats!
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Agree with everyone else: Brilliant Stefan, I will research this and have a go...very inspiring.
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Old 23-03-2021, 07:53 PM
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Nice result, even with the noisy data it looks real to me. With regards to the focal length I don't think it would improve things as you are only measuring changes in brightness and that is unlikely to be different with a longer focal length. All these measurements are going to be limited by the atmosphere.

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Was wondering how feasible this was for amateurs. Awesome work!!
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Wow, that’s very impressive, well done indeed!
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Old 20-04-2021, 07:35 PM
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I had no idea this was possible in the amateurs world! Thanks for sharing
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Old 26-04-2021, 01:46 PM
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There are a few Amateur Astronomers doing research on Exoplanet Research. One of the best is an Australian .. TG Tan ...


Just shows what can be done.

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