AAS 199th meeting, Washington, DC, January 2002
Session 102. Instrumentation for the Optical and Infrared
Display, Wednesday, January 9, 2002, 9:20am-6:30pm, Exhibit Hall

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[102.02] Studying the Variability of Bright Stars with the CONCAM Sky Monitoring Network

W. E. Pereira, R. J. Nemiroff, J. B. Rafert, D. Perez-Ramirez (Michigan Tech. Univ.)

CONCAMs have now been deployed at some of the world's major observatories including KPNO in Arizona, Mauna Kea in Hawaii, and Wise Observatory in Israel. Data from these mobile, inexpensive and continuous sky cameras, consisting of a fish-eye lens mated to a CCD camera and run by a laptop, has been ever-increasing. Initial efforts to carry out photometric analysis of CONCAM fits images have now been fortified by a more automated technique of analyzing this data. Results of such analyses - variability of several bright stars, in particular, are presented, as well as the use of these cameras as cloud monitors to remote observers.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: wpereira@mtu.edu

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