Automated Polarimetry with Smaller Aperture Telescopes: The ROVOR Observatory
AbstractTo better understand possible blazar jet mechanisms and morphologies, brighter prototypical objects are regularly monitored for variability in optical broad-band light. If the monitoring filters are polarized, the position angles and polarization percentages can be measured and their evolution monitored over time. However, building up a statistically significant time base of polarization parameters requires the arduous task of monitoring sources for months or years to catch and follow interesting events such as flares. Fortunately, monitoring an object is easily done using remotely operated or robotic telescopes. The Remote Observatory for Variable Object Research (ROVOR) is a small-aperture telescope that has monitored blazars in broad-band Johnson filters since 2009. Calibration data using a set of four plane-polarized filters suggest that it is suitable for polarimetric monitoring as well. We have successfully collected data on CTA 102 and are encouraged at the prospects of monitoring it and other similar objects. Long-term monitoring campaigns are a scientifically and educationally-effective use of underutilized smaller-aperture telescopes. View Full-Text
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Moody, J.; Whipple, P.; Hindmann, L.; Van Alfen, N.; Barnes, J.; Ducharme, N.A.; Rivest III, L.J.; Osborne, M.D.; Holden, M.; Pace, C.; Pearson III, R.L.; Little, B.; Hintz, E. Automated Polarimetry with Smaller Aperture Telescopes: The ROVOR Observatory. Galaxies 2017, 5, 70.
Moody J, Whipple P, Hindmann L, Van Alfen N, Barnes J, Ducharme NA, Rivest III LJ, Osborne MD, Holden M, Pace C, Pearson III RL, Little B, Hintz E. Automated Polarimetry with Smaller Aperture Telescopes: The ROVOR Observatory. Galaxies. 2017; 5(4):70.Chicago/Turabian Style
Moody, Joseph; Whipple, Parkes; Hindmann, Lauren; Van Alfen, Nicholas; Barnes, Jonathan; Ducharme, Nicolas A.; Rivest III, L. J.; Osborne, McKay D.; Holden, Marcus; Pace, Cameron; Pearson III, Richard L.; Little, Bret; Hintz, Eric. 2017. "Automated Polarimetry with Smaller Aperture Telescopes: The ROVOR Observatory." Galaxies 5, no. 4: 70.
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