Project PANOPTES

a citizen-scientist exoplanet transit survey using commercial digital cameras

Wilfred T. Gee*, Olivier Guyon, Josh Walawender, Nemanja Jovanovic, Luc Boucher

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Project PANOPTES (http://www.projectpanoptes.org) is aimed at establishing a collaboration between professional astronomers, citizen scientists and schools to discover a large number of exoplanets with the transit technique. We have developed digital camera based imaging units to cover large parts of the sky and look for exoplanet transits. Each unit costs approximately $5000 USD and runs automatically every night. By using low-cost, commercial digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras, we have developed a uniquely cost-efficient system for wide field astronomical imaging, offering approximately two orders of magnitude better etendue per unit of cost than professional wide-field surveys. Both science and outreach, our vision is to have thousands of these units built by schools and citizen scientists gathering data, making this project the most productive exoplanet discovery machine in the world.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGround-based and airborne instrumentation for astronomy VI
EditorsChristopher J. Evans, Luc Simard, Hideki Takami
Place of PublicationBellingham, Washington
PublisherSPIE
Pages1-9
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781510601963
ISBN (Print)9781510601956
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventGround-Based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VI - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 26 Jun 201630 Jun 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE
PublisherSPIE
Volume9908
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X

Other

OtherGround-Based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VI
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityEdinburgh
Period26/06/1630/06/16

Keywords

  • Citizen science
  • DSLR cameras
  • Education and outreach
  • Exoplanet survey
  • Open source
  • Time-domain astronomy
  • Transit method

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