Instrumentation and research programmes for small telescopes : proceedings of the 118th Symposium of the International Astronomical Union, held in Christchurch, New Zealand, 2-6 December, 1985


Instrumentation and research programmes for small telescopes : proceedings of the 118th Symposium of the International Astronomical Union, held in Christchurch, New Zealand, 2-6 December, 1985

edited by J.B. Hearnshaw and P.L. Cottrell

(Symposium / International Astronomical Union, no. 118)

D. Reidel Pub. Co. , Sold and distributed in the U.S.A. and Canada by Kluwer Academic Publishers, c1986

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At head of title: International Astronomical Union = Union astronomique internationale

Includes bibliographies and index



This volume is the proceedings of IAU Symposium No. 118 on "Instrumentation. and Research Programmes for Small Telescopes", where small telescopes were defined as those ground-based instruments with apertures less than 1.5m. The scientific goal of the symposium was to emphasise research programmes which were more suited to smaller tele scopes, on which frequent regular observations can be made. A wide variety of topics on instrumentation, photometry, spectroscopy and polarimetry of objects in the solar system to extragalactic systems were discussed. Each of the four scientific days of the symposium comprised a number of invited review papers, contributed oral papers and discussion sessions devoted purely to the large number (~4) of poster papers. An introductory paper on the research potential of small telescopes sets the scene for the symposium. The proceedings have then been divided into three sections. Section I: Telescopes and instrumentation; Section II: Photometric research programmes; Section III: Spectroscopic research programmes. The diversity of topics within each of these sections indicated the extent to which small telescopes have (and can) contribute greatly to astronomical research. Dr J.A. Graham's summary of the symposium, which illustrates the opportunities available with small telescopes, concludes these proceedings. As in all symposia, the importance of the discussion following each paper was realised. The discussion was recorded on tape (and wherever possible on questions and answer sheets), transcribed and then edited.


The research potential of small telescopes.- I. Telescopes and instrumentation.- a) Invited and Oval Contributed Papers.- Detector developments for small telescopes.- CCD photometry with small telescopes.- Variable star observations with automatic telescopes.- Reproducing the UBV and Cousins (RI) photometric systems with a Hamamatsu Ga-As photomultiplier.- A fiber-optic three-channel photometer for simultaneous UBVRI measurements - improved design and new results.- The use of wide angle cameras and high speed measuring machines for generating programmes for small telescopes.- Use of the University of Toronto Southern Observatory as support for large telescope and satellite programmes.- TV scanning applied for two dimensional photon counting imaging.- Fick Observatory spectrum scanners.- b) Poster Papers.- The instrumentation and observing program at Grinnell College's Grant O. Gale Observatory.- A four star photometer for use on small telescopes.- An automated South Pole stellar telescope.- The automated patrol telescope.- Automatic photoelectric telescopes: status and potentials.- University of Toronto Southern Observatory.- Construction of a 32cm Cassegrain photoelectric telescope.- A 75cm alt-az telescope with short time focus exchanging system.- A single-channel Polarimeter.- CCD instrumentation at Capilla Peak Observatory.- The optical system of the Mt John one metre telescope.- Black Birch Astrometric Observatory.- A new Polarimeter for stellar polarisation measurement.- A simultaneous two channel photometric system.- CCD camera for the 60cm telescope at Kagoshima Space Center.- A twin reflecting astrograph.- An optical fiber feed for small telescopes.- To upgrade a telescope?.- An automated photometer for a one meter telescope.- The main features of the 1.56-m telescope and its status quo.- Discussion of poster papers: section I.- II. Photometric research programmes.- a) Invited and Oral Contributed Papers.- Stellar photometry with small telescopes.- Observational polarimetry programs for small telescopes.- Contact binaries.- Interacting binaries: an excellent project for small telescopes.- Occultations, past and future.- Occultation studies with small telescopes.- Asteroids.- Coordinated programs for Comet Halley.- Research programmes, productivity, and usage statistics for the 0.9m telescopes at Kitt Peak.- A program of new accurate photometry for bright stars.- Surface photometry surveys of galaxies with small telescopes.- Desiderata for nearby-star quantities observable with small telescopes.- Asteroseismology with small telescopes.- Monitoring of variable stars on a long time-baseline.- Study of Bok globules with small telescopes.- Scanner observations of some close binary systems.- b) Poster Papers.- uvby photometry with a CCD.- Photographic monitoring.- Cometary astrometry with the Sydney Observatory astrograph.- The empirical period-radius relation for pulsating stars: a synthesis based on photometric and radial velocity measurements.- Starspot imaging using VRI photometry.- A search for features in early-type galaxies.- The structure of globular clusters.- Stellar activity.- CCD scanning with a small telescope.- Search of variable stars in globular clusters.- EX Hydrae timing data.- Recent trigonometric parallaxes from two hemispheres.- The Monash University Observatory: equipment and research.- Long term period behaviour of contact binaries.- Phase-night diagram for periodic variable stars.- Photometry of RZ Ophiuchi - an international collaboration.- Times of minima and period changes of eclipsing binaries as a programme for small telescopes.- Photometric research with a small telescope (Bamberg 37-cm refractor) at Bosscha Observatory, Indonesia.- A new B-subdwarf eclipsing binary with an extremely short period.- Photometry of selected Cepheids.- Photometry of the RS CVn binary II Peg.- Standard stars for comet photometry.- Astrometry with small telescopes.- A description of a catalogue of bright uvby ? standard stars.- Photometry of apsidal motion stars - a progress report.- The use of machine-readable astronomical catalogs at small observatories.- Small telescopes and research from space.- Arc-second infrared imaging of the BN-KL star formation region.- The RS CVn project at Capilla Peak Observatory.- Discussion of poster papers: section.- III. Spectroscopic Research Programmes.- a) Invited and Oval Contributed Papers.- Instrumentation for low-resolution spectroscopy.- Low dispersion spectral classification with small telescopes.- Cassegrain echelle spectroscopy with small telescopes.- Radial velocities with CORAVEL: results on stellar variability and duplicity.- Measurement of line profiles.- Abundance analyses: methods, results and implications.- Spectroscopic observations of visual double stars.- Photometric and spectroscopic study of ?2 Lyrae.- 10m heterodyne spectroscopy at telescopes with 1 m aperture.- b) Poster Papers.- The first eight years of radial velocity studies at Fick Observatory.- FAGS - a fast astronomical grating spectrometer.- Multiple stellar systems.- Spectroscopic surveillance of the variable Herbig Ae star AB Aur.- Radial velocity spectrometers on the DAO 1.2m and 0.4m telescopes.- Temperature and brightness variations on Betelgeuse.- An off-the-shelf Reticon system.- Stellar spectrophotometry with a microcomputer based, intensified, silicon vidicon.- A microcomputer controlled CCD H-alpha spectrometer.- A long-term radial velocity program of high accuracy with a small telescope.- The DDO photon-counting spectrometer: a well-dressed Shectograph.- Spectral classification of eclipsing binaries.- Discussion of poster papers: section III.- Summary.- Opportunities for research with small telescopes.- Index of Subjects.

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