AAS 207th Meeting, 8-12 January 2006
Session 76 Instruments for Small College Observatories
Poster, Tuesday, 9:20am-6:30pm, January 10, 2006, Exhibit Hall

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[76.03] A Data Acquisition Program for an Astronomical Photometer

N. A. Bergey, R. L. Hawkins, C. C. Ellsworth, D. B. Caton (Appalachian State University)

Recently an astronomical photometer was built for use on the 32-inch telescope Appalachian State University's Dark Sky Observatory (DSO). We have written a first version of the software needed to interpret and display the photometer's output in real time. Primary uses for the photometer are standard star photometry, and continuation of our eclipsing binary research when the nearest comparison star is out of the field of view of our CCD cameras. Eventually high-speed photometry will be added the functionality for transient events such as asteroidal occultations. The program is intended to have the ability to be used with all of our other research telescopes at DSO. Goals for this program include gathering and logging photometry data, real time graphing, filter wheel control, and an easy user interface. The code is being developed with the Microsoft(c) Visual Basic .NET framework with C# as the source code.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: nb52552@appstate.edu

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