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The Status of Berkeley’s Real-Time Supernova Search

  • S. Perlmutter
  • F. S. Crawford
  • R. A. Muller
  • C. R. Pennypacker
  • T. P. Sasseen
  • C. K. Smith
  • R. Treffers
  • R. Williams
Part of the Santa Cruz Summer Workshops in Astronomy and Astrophysics book series (SANTA CRUZ)

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Reference Image Charge Couple Device Hard Disk Drive Dark Frame Lick Observatory 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg New York Inc. 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Perlmutter
  • F. S. Crawford
  • R. A. Muller
  • C. R. Pennypacker
  • T. P. Sasseen
  • C. K. Smith
  • R. Treffers
  • R. Williams

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