AAS 199th meeting, Washington, DC, January 2002
Session 90. $\delta$ Scuti and Mira Variables
Display, Wednesday, January 9, 2002, 9:20am-6:30pm, Exhibit Hall

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[90.01] Monitoring \delta Scuti Variables with Coordinated Observing of Small Telescopes

E. Hintz, E. Jeffery (Brigham Young University), L. Walter (Payson High School)

Beginning with a Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program this past summer a research effort has been started that will allow undergraduates to collaborate with high school students in monitoring a number of bright variable stars of the \delta Scuti variety. This program will make use of the Brigham Young University 16" David Derrick Telescope and 8" Ferdinand Feghoot Telescope along with a new 10" Meade LX-200 installed at Payson High School. The initial targets for this program include DQ Cephei, DX Ceti, V474 Monocerotis, V376 Persei, \delta Scuti, and V966 Herculis. Spectroscopic follow-up observations will be made at the 1.2-m Telescope of the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory in Victoria, B.C., Canada. We hope this program will lay the ground work for additional small telescopes at high schools throughout Utah. Preliminary results will be presented.

Research Partially supported by NSF REU Program PHY-9988852

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