I've tried to list below references to books, magazines and
journal articles that might be interest to TASS members.
If you have suggestions for additions, please let me know!
- Photometry: Basic guide, step-by-step, focuses on photometers (not CCDs)
"Photoelectric photometry of variable stars : a practical guide
for the smaller observatory", by Douglas S. Hall and Russell M. Genet,
Willman-Bell, 1988 (second edition)
- Collection of many instructional papers on CCD photometry
"Astronomical CCD observing and reduction techniques", edited by
Steve B. Howell, Astronomical Society of the Pacific (conference
- Basic guide to CCD data reduction
"A User's Guide to CCD Reductions with IRAF", by Phillip Massey.
You can download a
gzip'ed PDF version of this document
from the TASS web site, or get
a compress'd Postscript copy
from the IRAF WWW site
- Advanced discussion of the nuances of stellar photometry
"Astronomical photometry: a guide", by C. Sterken and J. Manfroid,
Dordrecht ; Boston : Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1992.
- Good discussion of the variability of extinction throughout a night,
how to detect it and how to correct for it
"Spurious effects in presence of a variable extinction coefficient
in photoelectric photometry", by E. Poretti and F. Zerbi,
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 268, 369 (1993)
- Description of "Ensemble Photometry"
"CCD Ensemble Photometry on an Inhomogeneous Set of Exposures",
by R. K. Honeycutt,
Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific,
vol 104, 435 (1992).
- Theory and reduction of photometry, details of photometer construction
"Astronomical Photometry" by A. A. Henden and R. H. Kaitchuck (Van Nostrand
Reinhold, New York), 1982.
Review of book A Practical Guide to CCD Astronomy
This review comes to us from Herbert Johnson (email@example.com),
and first appeared in the New Jersey Astronomy Association's
newsletter in Winter, 1998.
- How to use the IRAF package to reduce stellar photometry
Stellar Photometry with IRAF
- The future of massive variability searches, by Bohdan Paczynski.
A paper presented at the
12th IAP Colloquium: Variable Stars and the Astrophysical
Returns of Microlensing Surveys, July 12, 1996.
Abstract only (in HTML)
the entire paper (in Postscript).
- A short list of methods one might use to determine the period
of a variable star. Posted to vsnet-chat by Jeff Roberston
on Feb 21, 1997.
Read Jeff's list of techniques.
- Herb Johnson recommends the following articles for their
advice on finding appropriate limits for detection in an
astronomical context. He states:
Here is a radio spectrum version of our kind of survey work.
The methods used are discussed in unusual detail, as compared to
current publications of surveys. A principle author, R. Dixon, has been
contacted by Herb Johnson for more information and permissions to post
the articles. Herb has worked with Dr. Dixon recently on this and
related radio surveys.
Astrophysics Journal, vol 144, p. 559, 1966:
J. D. Kraus and R. S. Dixon,
"A new high-sensitivity study of the M31 region at 1415 MC/S"
Astronomical Journal, vol 72, p. 546, 1967:
D. J. Scheer and J. D. Kraus,
"A high-sensitivity survey of the North Galactic Polar Region
at 1415 MHz"
Astronomical Journal, vol 73, p. 381, 1968:
R. S. Dixon and J. D. Kraus,
"A high-sensitivty 1415 MHz Survey at North Declinations
between 19 degrees and 37 degrees"
- Arne Henden recommends this paper for a discussion of various
Astronomical Journal, vol 97, p. 1227, 1989:
"A comparison of digital centering algorithms"
- Arne Henden recommends this paper if you are interested in detecting
asteroids in TASS images:
Astronomical Journal, vol 101, p. 1518, 1991:
D. L. Rabinowitz,
"Detection of Earth-Approaching Asteroids in Near Real-Time"
- Chris Albertson recommends this paper on the representation of
astronomical coordinates in FITS files: click on the title
to download a Postscript version.
Representations of Celestial Coordinates in FITS,
E. W. Greisen and M. Calabretta.
- Chad Trujillo has generously made available a copy of a preprint on
detecting Kuiper Belt Objects (KBOs) in long exposure images. The
paper's text and some of its figures are available in Postscript format:
download the text of the paper
download Figure 1
download Figure 3
download Figure 4
- This is one of two articles describing the FASTT astrometric survey
around the celestial equator. The FASTT survey provides not only
excellent positions, but also R-band magnitudes.
AJ 114, 2811, 1997,
"Astrometric Calibration Regions Along the Celestial Equator"
- An article by Christophe Alard and Robert Lupton on a method
to subtract one image of a field from another. The method may
be used to improve photometry in crowded fields. This
paper is in Postscript format, with several figures, and is
pretty big (about 690 K). You can also find it on the
Los Alamos Astrophysics Preprint server, at
A method for optimal image subtraction
C. Alard and R. H. Lupton
- Brian Skiff recommends an article about the use of CCDs for astronomical
photometry. It's oriented towards the practical ends of things,
and contains many addresses and URLs. There is some information about
the article in the
JBAA WWW site.
The article itself appears in
Journal of the British Astronomical Association, April 1998 (vol 108),
"UBVRI Photometry using CCD cameras", by Richard Miles.
- This paper by Manfroid explains how to remove position-dependent
errors in CCD photometry by making repeated observations of
a star field, with small shifts between the exposures:
Stellar calibration of CCD flat fielding ,
A&A Suppl, 113, 587 (1995)
- Michael Koppelman recommends this paper for a good discussion of
the analysis of observations of an eclipsing binary star.
- Dirk Terrell recommends this paper by R. E. Wilson on the
interpretation of binary star light curves.
Dirk has also written in introduction to the study of binary stars,
in PDF format.
- Papers describing the statistics and mathematics involved in searching
for planetary transits (thanks to Patrick Wils for finding them):