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Title: Small telescopes installed at the Liverpool Telescope
Author: Mawson , Neil R.
Awarding Body: Liverpool John Moores University
Current Institution: Liverpool John Moores University
Date of Award: 2013
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The Small Telescopes Installed at the Liverpool Telescope (STILT) have been in operation since March 2009, collecting wide field data from their position, at the Liverpool Telescope on La Palma. The system consists of a set of two wide field imaging cameras, known as SkycamT and SkycamZ. They provide fields of view of 21x210 and Ix 1 0, along with limits of 12th and 18th in R-band magnitude. The work in this thesis describes the methodology used to create an image analysis pipeline and database to store the photometric results contained in the images produced by these cameras. Such a database is capable of providing invaluable data for the study of many stellar and transient sources. The optimisation of the camera software, as well as modifications to the hardware of the cameras are presented, along with a discussion of the imaging methodologies used in the creation of the data pipeline, which involved specific setup for the case of wide field imaging. For the pipeline, the method for photometric calibration and the overall process structure will be presented along with the schema of the database, and the justifications for these choices. Work has also been carried out to define the performance of the system in a photometric, astrometric and computational sense. The resulting datasets contains: SkycamZ SkycamT Images processed 272,470 315,277 Unique Objects observed 6,290,935 21,453,608 Observations 332,735,320 904,033,139 Mean observations per object 53 42
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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