Project PANOPTES: A citizen-scientist exoplanet transit survey using commercial digital cameras

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

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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 (US)
Title of host publicationGround-Based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VI
EditorsLuc Simard, Christopher J. Evans, Hideki Takami
PublisherSPIE
ISBN (Electronic)9781510601956
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
EventGround-Based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VI - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: Jun 26 2016Jun 30 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume9908
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X

Other

OtherGround-Based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VI
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityEdinburgh
Period6/26/166/30/16

Keywords

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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Gee, W. T., Guyon, O., Walawender, J., Jovanovic, N., & Boucher, L. (2016). Project PANOPTES: A citizen-scientist exoplanet transit survey using commercial digital cameras. In L. Simard, C. J. Evans, & H. Takami (Eds.), Ground-Based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VI [99085V] (Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering; Vol. 9908). SPIE. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2234461