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Orion objects information

in Spectroscopy Section Sun Dec 09, 2012 4:38 pm
by revandBellman • 5.134 Posts

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RE: Orion objects information

in Spectroscopy Section Tue Dec 18, 2012 10:46 am
by revandBellman • 5.134 Posts

From the AAVSO Web site:

Alert Notice 474: Multiwavelength campaign on delta Ori (Mintaka)

December 14, 2012: An international team of astronomers, including Drs. Tony Moffat (University of Montreal), Michael Corcoran (NASA GSFC), and Noel Richardson (University of Montreal), has requested AAVSO photometry and spectroscopy of delta Ori (Mintaka) in support of their multiwavelength campaign on this hot binary star in Orion's Belt. Satellite observations will include x-ray via NASA's Chandra and precision optical photometry via Canada's MOST.



***Chandra and MOST observations will be carried out

2012 DECEMBER 17 through 2013 JANUARY 7



so coverage is critical throughout this period, and is also needed before and after this period.

***

The astronomers write: "...we make a plea to the astronomical community to obtain simultaneous complementary ground‐based optical observations of the key bright hot binary star delta Orionis (Mintaka, one of the belt stars) in the period between mid December 2012 and early January 2013. Both multi‐band photometry and especially spectroscopy would be most welcome."



They write further: "Massive O‐type stars, though rare, are a primary driver behind the chemical, ionization and pressure evolution of the interstellar medium. Evolution of these stars from main sequence to supernova is driven significantly by stellar‐wind mass loss. Understanding this important connection in individual stars requires a good understanding of the physical stellar parameters.. .combined with detailed understanding of the outflowing wind... Because massive stars are rare, and massive binaries rarer still...dynamical determinations of stellar parameters are only known for a few systems. Our uncertainties regarding mass loss are even worse... Important questions... have not yet been answered." For a more complete description of this campaign, please see the file Mintaka.pdf.



Del Ori (Mintaka, 2.41V, (B‐V) ‐0.40) is the belt star closest to gam Ori (Bellatrix) and bet Ori (Rigel). The del Ori system contains multiple stars and visually is a double star, so be careful not to include the fainter star when making observations.



Photometry: At second magnitude (visual), del Ori is ideally suited to multicolor and near-infrared photoelectric photometry and DSLR photometry, and is a candidate for successful CCD photometry. The extremely small range of this system (2.20-2.32 V) makes visual detection of the brightness changes very difficult.



BVRIJH photometry is requested, ideally 100 data points per night obtained from an average of three measurements per data point. Be sure to include the standard deviation for each set of three measurements (i.e., each data point). Magnitudes should be measured to 0.001, and the JD reported to four places.



Gam Ori (Bellatrix, 1.64V, (B-V) -0.22) should be used as the comparison star.



Spectroscopy: Spectroscopy is strongly encouraged. Observers are requested to use S/N >= 200, R >=10000, integration < 30 min, and range 4000-7000 Å. Observations of Hydrogen alpha (6563 Å) and Helium I (6678 Å) are also requested.



Coordinates for del Ori: RA 05 32 00.40 Dec ‐00:17:56.7 (2000.0)



Charts for del Ori may be created using the AAVSO Variable Star Plotter (www.aavso.org/ vsp). Best results will be obtained by specifying an 'A' scale chart and including no other variables on the chart. Photometrists should use the table accompanying this chart.



Please use the name "DEL ORI" when reporting observations and submit photometric observations to the AAVSO International Database. Spectroscopy should be submitted directly to Dr. Noel Richardson at <richardson@astro. umontreal. ca>.

This campaign is being followed on the AAVSO Observing Campaigns page (www.aavso.org/ observing- campaigns) .


This AAVSO Alert Notice was compiled by Elizabeth O. Waagen.


NEQ6 mount, C6 telescope with skywatcher guide scope for moving around with Starlight SXVR H9 main camera and SX auto guider.
Celestron C9.25 and WOZ 72 in dome with atik 460 camera and a Co-star for guiding with alpy for spectroscopy.
MCT5 with SE mount and SXVR MX 916 camera and star analyser for spectroscopy
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RE: Orion objects information

in Spectroscopy Section Sun Dec 22, 2013 12:49 pm
by revandBellman • 5.134 Posts

This campaign is on again this year, 2013/14.
sorry its taken so long to get this up, but I lost the email when my account was hacked.
The Orion Project web site is now up. Please see:http://www.hposoft.com/Orion/Orion.html

The Project is being coordinated with Dr. John Martin and Dr. Matt Templeton.

The Project focuses on 4 bright stars in Orion, Betelgeuse, Rigel, Mintaka and Alnilam. Other stars may be added in the future. Photometry and spectroscopy of one or more of these stars is requested. Because the stars are bright, they are easy for spectroscopy, but for photometry they can be a challenge. They are ideal for the PIN diode photometers, e.g., SSP-3 and SSP-4. For CCD photometry special techniques will be required. Using a telescope will produce saturated images so just a camera lens on a CCD photometry may work. Defocusing helps. The web site describes some ideas for techniques and provides information for both photometry and spectroscopy.

This is an ongoing Project, low stress. Orion is ideally located for most of the civilized world to observe. It is currently in a favorable position at reasonable hours.

If you are interested in contributing, have suggestion, questions or comments, please contact me.phxjeff@hposoft.com

Jeff Hopkins (HPO)
Hopkins Phoenix Observatory


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RE: Orion objects information

in Spectroscopy Section Sun Dec 22, 2013 1:07 pm
by revandBellman • 5.134 Posts

http://www.hposoft.com/Orion/Orion.html
this page has more information


NEQ6 mount, C6 telescope with skywatcher guide scope for moving around with Starlight SXVR H9 main camera and SX auto guider.
Celestron C9.25 and WOZ 72 in dome with atik 460 camera and a Co-star for guiding with alpy for spectroscopy.
MCT5 with SE mount and SXVR MX 916 camera and star analyser for spectroscopy
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RE: Orion objects information

in Spectroscopy Section Sun Dec 22, 2013 1:09 pm
by revandBellman • 5.134 Posts

Dr. Martin indicates that the low resolution would be good to monitor the overall spectra and look for changes. High-resolution could then examine those line in detail. As I understand it, these stars are unpredictable and do many strange things that have not ben studied in detail. So periodic Star Analyser images, particularly of Betelgeuse would be great. Dr. Martine says emission lines periodically pop up, but it is hard to catch them. Comparing images should show changes. The trick will be to get a good technique so the spectrum images should be identical except for real spectral changes. This Project should be an excellent way to learn more about spectroscopy and to refine your techniques.




Please let me know if you have any other questions.


Jeff

Hopkins Phoenix Observatory

(187283)

Counting Photons

Phoenix, Arizona

www.hposoft.com/Astro/astro.html


NEQ6 mount, C6 telescope with skywatcher guide scope for moving around with Starlight SXVR H9 main camera and SX auto guider.
Celestron C9.25 and WOZ 72 in dome with atik 460 camera and a Co-star for guiding with alpy for spectroscopy.
MCT5 with SE mount and SXVR MX 916 camera and star analyser for spectroscopy
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