Blog

CCD Cameras

SLOAN ugriz Filters

One of the two standardized filter sets used for BRIEF projects, SLOAN ugriz is widely used due to its distinct, low-overlap response curves and generally flexible and efficient nature.

CCD Cameras

Linearity and Saturation

As inherent consequences of the design of CCD photon collection, pixel saturation and non-linearity are common challenges that must be carefully managed for effective scientific imaging.

CCD Cameras

Imaging Basics

This video serves as a best practices checklist for night sky imaging and outlines both the basic and more advanced methods involved with astronomical imaging.

CCD Cameras

Full Width Half Maximum

Used to determine the quality of your image, the Full Width Half Maximum (FWHM) process is used to determine the quality of images and is of particular importance in photometric and exoplanet research work. BRIEF primarily uses the OSS Pipeline to account for the FWHM process.

CCD Cameras

Camera Overview

Charged Coupled Devices (CCDs) are an integral part of astronomical imaging that utilize a matrix of electronically-measured photon counts to accurately represent an image.

Time

What is Time: BJD

Barycentric Julian Day (BJD) time is the universal day and time at the center of the solar system and is crucial to many astronomically-relevant processes as well as other time scales.

Time

What is an Ephemeris

A highly useful concept for applications in both Double and Variable Stars, an Ephemeris is an estimation of where/when a particular astronomical event will occur at a particular time in the future.

Basic Physics

Newton’s Laws

Serving as the foundation for classical mechanics, Newton's laws of motion help mathematically describe countless processes that are crucial to astrometric projects.

HR Diagram

The Main Sequence

The main sequence is defined by the HR diagram movement of a star fusing hydrogen into helium within its core, and understanding the relationship between the luminosity, temperature, radius and mass of stars on the main sequence allows us to derive useful information from a star's location on it.

Astrometry

Using AIJ for Double Stars

AstroImageJ (AIJ) is the industry standard for measuring exoplanet transits as well as accurately measuring double stars, and has quickly become a core component of the astronomical sciences. This video is a guide and reference for anyone using AIJ for double stars measurements.

Astrometry

Double Stars Overview

By determining the gravitational or mutual orbit of two stars using astrometry, it is possible to derive stellar mass and consequently contribute to and refine contemporary astrophysical theories and knowledge.