Projects at Dark Ridge Observatory
Project Name Primary Observer Date Started Estimated Duration Project Status Comments
AAVSO Photometric All-Sky Survey-South (APASS) Thomas C. Smith, Arne Henden November 2010 2 years in southern hemisphere Year 1 of northern hemisphere completed, start of southern survey has begun early Novemebr 2010 At the present time (January 2011) the APASS-South is operating at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO).
AAVSO Photometric All-Sky Survey-North (APASS) Thomas C. Smith, Arne Henden November 2009 2 years in both northern and southern hemispheres Year 1 of northern hemisphere completed. The APASS-North has been rebuilt with the new ASA N8 Astrographs and is again operational.
Eclipsing Binary Star Studies Thomas C. Smith, Russ M. Genet March 2004 4 Years Waiting for target star to rise this year Targets this year are again GCVS V1191 Cyg
and GCVS V0523 Cas
GNAT Variable Star Follow-up Cuesta Students and the GNAT team August 2006 2 Years OO monitoring MG1-753840
DRO monitoring MG1-786179(15.1 V magnitude)
New list of GNAT candidates being worked
Oxygen Triplet Spectroscopy
of Variables (7774A)
Ken Kissell and Thomas C. Smith June 2006 2 Years DRO is setting up the spectrograph
Ken Kissell to visit Dark Ridge Observatory
for initial dark-site analysis.
SAS Conference in Big Bear and preparations
for a presentation on this new campaign to be given.
Lightweight Advanced Aerospace material Science Alt-Az telescope Too many to mention at this time.
A special page will be created in the future to fully describe DRO's
role in this aggressive project.
July 2007 2 years Telescope optical design is nearing completion, the system drive controllers are chosen
and structural design is being done by team members as well as ME and EE colleges at
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA.
Visit the Alt-Az Wiki site at StarryRidge
Serendipitous Flare Star observed
Bruce Gary, Cindy Foote, Thomas C. Smith, Edwin Sheridan, and Jim Carlisle October 15, 2007 10 week Ongoing student research with Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and Cuesta community college in San Luis Obispo During a exo-planet transit imaging session all five observers recorded not only the exo-planet
but also a surprise Flare Star in the same field of view.
Results are published on the AAVSO
web site at AAVSO VSX Database
Epsilon Aurigae 18+ years of out-of-eclipse photometry. Dr. Robert Stencil Q3 1987 18 + years Ending in Q1 2005 Project completed with the retirement of the Phoenix-10 automated photoelectric photometer This is a page dedicated to the research that has gone on at the Fairborn Observatory
on the longes known eclipsing binary star system with 27 year period