by Lukas Kral
How to obtain
our data /
CCD kameryThe Eridanus observers are using the following CCDs:
Eastern DomeThe Eastern dome is dedicated to the scientific observation only. Originally, it was equipped by Meniskus-Cassegrain by Carl Zeiss Jena, and used mainly for visual observation. After purchasing the first CCD camera, the telescope was replaced by a series of photo-lenses, more suitable for CCD observation due to shorter focal length. Since 2005, the eastern dome is equipped with a modern telescope Meade LX200 GPS 12" with automatic go-to system.
Western DomeIn the western dome, public observations take place, using a 150 mm Coude refractor by Carl Zeiss. The telescope has a high-quality mount, which is shared with a 200 mm Newton dedicated to CCD observation.
Complete list of telescopes used for CCD photometry recently and in the past:
FiltersSince March 2004 we have a set of standard photometric filters of the Johnson-Cousins BVRI system (transmission curves here). A set of RGB+AntiIR filters for colour imaging was also purchased with the first CCD in 1996 (transmission curves here). If used for photometry, these RGB filters are marked with an asterisk in the observation database.
Filter setup at individual telescopes:
SoftwareWe use a software package Munipack (developed mainly by Filip Hroch and Rudolf Novak) for the photometry. We use primarily its Windows version (C-Munipack adapted by David Motl), or the older DOS version (adapted by Lukas Kral and Rudolf Novak).
For the determination of mid-eclipse times of the eclipsing binaries we use recently mainly program FT by Lenka Sarounova (finding symmetry in the light curve), and sometimes also the Kwee-Woerden method, implemented by Filip Hroch (in 1999) as a Fortran 77 algorithm. We have also used programs written by A. Gaspani, based on artificial neural network computing, which search for extrema of a sampled noisy function (mostly Avalon 4).