The Status of Berkeley’s Real-Time Supernova Search
We describe the design and status of the real-time Berkeley supernovae search. This system is intended to supersede the currently operating search, described elsewhere. Both systems use a computer-controlled telescope and charge coupled device (CCD) detector to collect images of hundreds of galaxies per night of observation. The new search uses a dedicated computer at the telescope to analyse these images in real time. The current system has a detection threshold of 17th visual magnitude. At full speed and sensitivity, the planned system will be able to search 1500 galaxies per night with a limiting magnitude of 20 or fainter. We are now testing and completing the real-time system, and will soon be using it instead of the original search system.
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