KELT-South Followup Partners

The discovery and confirmation of transiting planets requires extensive verification.  After KELT-South identifies candidate planets, we work with a team of collaborators around the world to further observe the targets and determine if they are genuine exoplanets or one of the many types of of false positives – systems that mimic a transit signal but do not arise from transiting exoplanets.

Here is a partial list of current KELT-South collaboration partners:

Photometric

  • PEST (Perth Exoplanet Survey Telescope) Observatory – Thiam-Guan (TG) Tan

The PEST is a backyard observatory owned and operated by TG Tan.  It is equipped with a 12” Meade LX200 SCT f/10 with focal reducer yielding f/5.  The camera is an SBIG ST-8XME with a filter wheel loaded with B, V, Rc, Ic and Clear filters.  Focusing is computer controlled with an Optec TCF-Si focuser. CCD Commander is used to script observations, FocusMax for focuser control and CCDSoft for control of the CCD camera.  PinPoint is used for plate solving. The telescope and computer are housed in a roll-off plywood enclosure which is opened and closed manually.

24-inch RCOS f/7.8 telescope, Apogee U16M CCD with 26’ field of view; UBVRI, ugriz, and narrowband H-alpha filters.

Wellesley is a women’s college located 13mi (or 20km) west of Boston, Massachusetts, USA.  We make KELT observations with our on-campus 24″ (0.6m) Sawyer telescope and its 2kx2k Apogee U230 camera.  The observations and data reduction are all carried out by undergraduate women astronomy students.

  • Myers T50 – Gordon Myers

Gordon Myers lives near San Francisco and operates a 17” Planewave CDK located at Siding Spring, Australia.  He’s a retired senior manager from IBM, and is now an active member of AAVSO and the Center for Backyard Astrophysics.  He was President of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific from 2013-1015.  Primary interests include cataclysmic variables, exoplanets and young stellar objects.

  • Kutztown University Observatory – Prof Phill Reed

24-inch RC Optical telescope with UBVRI & H-alpha photometric filters, and a mid-resolution fiber-fed echelle spectrograph

  • Ivan Curtis

Ivan Curtis operates a 235mm SCT from his suburban backyard in Adelaide, South Australia.  Primary interests are precision photometry for supernova, variable star and exoplanet transit detection. Equipment includes an f/6.3 focal reducer, Atik320E CCD camera, and UVBRI photometric filters.

  • KeplerCam at FLWO – Allyson Bieryla and Prof David Latham

Allyson and David work at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA).

Radial Velocities (Spectroscopic)

  • ANU (Australian National University) 2.3m telescope –
  • Tillinghast Reflector Echelle Spectrograph (TRES) at FLWO – Allyson Bieryla and Prof David Latham