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Community research publications

Postby John » Thu Jul 23, 2015 2:12 pm

The programme is coming under increasing pressure to show what research is done using the telescope. We know that colleagues from the Sternberg Astronomical Institute of Moscow State University are using the telescope to patrol for Cataclysmic Variables and have published. It would be a great help to know what other publications have been generated from the telescope observations from local astronomy club announcements to international journals. The team would greatly appreciate our communities help.
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Re: Community research publications

Postby Jeremy5 » Thu Jul 23, 2015 8:32 pm

Dear John,

I have used BRT data in countless publications in peer-reviewed papers on variable stars - and cited it's use. I'll compile a list when I get a moment.

I know others have done similarly and I hope they will reply too.

The BRT is a great research instrument widely used, and appreciated, by the (amateur mainly) astronomical community. Which is why we often get frustrated by when it's out of commission or when it's usurped to more frivolous ends (although frivolity is, of course, in the eye of the beholder!)


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Re: Community research publications

Postby Jeremy5 » Thu Jul 23, 2015 9:25 pm

Dear John,

here are some papers in which I have used and cited BRT data:

1. Results of a campaign to observe outbursts of the dwarf nova CSS 121005:212625+201948
JBAA in press

2. Optical outbursts of the cataclysmic variable 1RXS J140429.5+172352
JBAA in press

3. HW Bootis: an enigmatic cataclysmic variable star
JBAA, 125, 236 (2015)

4. Superoutbursts and grazing eclipses in the dwarf nova V1227 Herculis
JBAA, 118, 288 (2013)

5. Superhumps and post-outburst rebrightening episodes in the AM CVn star SDSS J012940.05+384210.4
JBAA, 122, 49 (2012)

6. The 2009 outburst of V630 Cassiopeiae
JBAA, 120, 169 (2010)

7. The 2008 outburst of the cataclysmic variable V358 Lyrae
JBAA, 120, 43 (2010)

8. The orbital and superhump periods of the deeply eclipsing dwarf nova SDSS J122740.83+513925.9
JBAA, 118, 292 (2008)

I hope this helps.


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Re: Community research publications

Postby mikaselm » Thu Jul 23, 2015 11:41 pm

From the point of view of two frivolous users, (and I'll wholeheartedly admit to being in that category) the BRT is a godsend. I first started using the site when testing out it's applicability for my father, who has been a lifelong lover of space observation. He passed that love on to me, and we've spent countless nights staring up into the sky. With his deteriorating health, he can't get out to dark grassy places any more, can't lift a scope, and certainly can't manage eyepieces and filters and the like. I'm not geographically close enough to be his hands, but we can teleconference and he's still able to interact with his computer. This is one way that he's still able to observe, when hauling out a heavy scope just doesn't work any more.

I know that's a far cry from what you asked for, but if tugging on the heartstrings of those giving you pressure helps, you can let them know that we're incredibly grateful for the opportunity to use the scope.



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Re: Community research publications

Postby David Conner » Fri Jul 24, 2015 1:05 pm


These are articles I’ve had published in The British Astronomical Association Variable Star Section Circular, based on Bradford Robotic Telescope images, as part of an ongoing project into eclipsing binaries.

The BRT images are used to check the catalogue data for these stars, which include under-observed long period systems as well as those with possible period changes.

No 148, June 2011
Investigation into Observing EBs with the Bradford Robotic Telescope

No 156, June 2013
V367 Cygni light curve

No 159, March 2014
Recent Observations of some Eclipsing Binaries with
the Bradford Robotic Telescope

No 160, June 2014
Further Observations of GO Cnc with the Bradford Robotic

(I have a number of eclipsing binaries currently awaiting more BRT images before the full results can be published.)

No 163, March 2015
The Discovery of Three New Variable Stars using the Bradford Robotic

I have to date discovered 12 previously un-catalogued semi-regular variables in BRT images, which have been added to the AAVSO International Variable Star Index. Each entry cites the BRT.

GSC 02763-02208 ... oid=400074
GSC 02764-00623 ... oid=400071
GSC 02907-00103 ... oid=400179
GSC 02916-00275 ... oid=400194
GSC 02916-01167 ... oid=400266
GSC 02924-02382 ... oid=400331
GSC 03362-01863 ... oid=400171
GSC 04024-00551 ... oid=400102
GSC 04024-01267 ... oid=400092
GSC 02664-00187 ... oid=409356
GSC 02664-00763 ... oid=409381
GSC 02679-00311 ... oid=409281

A rejuvenated Galaxy Cam will (hopefully) provide the first detailed light curves of these variables.

In addition, possible periods for V1423 Cyg ... &oid=12343

and NSV 12716 ... &oid=51340

were derived from BRT images, and the variability of
GSC 02679-02690 ... oid=409034

which was discovered by Josef Kalasek from BRT images, was confirmed by me from another subset of BRT images.

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Re: Community research publications

Postby garypoyner » Fri Jul 24, 2015 5:44 pm

Apart from co-authoring several papers listed in Jeremy's post above, here are a few more peer reviewed papers which I have had occasion to acknowledge BRT..

Analysis of the first confirmed Superoutburst of V337 Cygni in 2006 May. JBAA Vol. 117, No. 4

The structure of the October/November 2005 outburst in OJ287 and the precessing Black Hole model. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 477 2 (2008) 407-412

GSC2.3 N152008120 - a new SU UMa type dwarf nova in Draco. JBAA Vol 119, No. 5 October 2009

The BAAVSS Long Term Polar Monitoring Programme. The first five years 2006-2011. JBAA Vol. 123. No. 2 2013

Also there are many articles I have written for the BAA Variable Star Section Circulars and 'News and Notes' for the BAA Journal over the years acknowledging the use of BRT. It's a long list and one I should compile at some time.


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Re: Community research publications

Postby Jeremy5 » Fri Jul 24, 2015 8:10 pm

It appears that we are getting quite a decent list of publications where the BRT has played an important, or even pivotal, part. Maybe we should organise a conference ;)

I know that Denis Denisenko (Sternberg Astronomical Institute, Russia) has used the BRT for his important variable star work. I am not sure he visits the Forum to comment. One publication I am aware of is:

Study of the Cataclysmic Variable 1RXS J174320.1-042953
Peremennye Zvezdy (Variable Stars) 32, No. 3, 2012.

I also have another one to add to Gary's and my joint effort: the discovery of the outburst of the unusual cataclysmic variable V358 Lyr in 2008. This was the first outburst since 1965 and would almost certainly have been missed if it were not for the BRT. The announcement was made in the Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams CBET 1582 which cites the BRT:


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Re: Community research publications

Postby ThomasK » Mon Jul 27, 2015 11:22 am

Here is another article where BRT has contributed with several observations. In fact was the initial discovery that V2331 Cyg is an ecplising variable made of images from BRT.

V2331 Cygni is an Algol Variable With Deep Eclipses (JAVSO, 2013, vol 41, page 264)

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Re: Community research publications

Postby cgdtaylor » Sat Aug 15, 2015 3:30 pm


I have been a user of the BRT for around 2 years.

During that time, I have submitted several planetary Images from it of Uranus, Neptune & moons to the SPA which were subsequently published.
I also discussed with Alan Clitheroe (SPA Planetary Section Director) the system's capabilities for solar system work.

I have also submitted to the SPA Deep Space Section a number of galaxy images (both singles and stacked) which were also published in Popular Astronomy.

I have used the system for comet imaging and again submitted them to the BAA database.

Finally, I have submitted some deep space images to the BAA's Caldwell project.

All these projects I continue to pursue and can give specific references should they be required.

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