AAVSO Alert Notice 543
May 24, 2016
20 Cataclysmic variables to be observed by William Herschel Telescope
Roque Ruiz-Carmona (Ph.D. candidate, Institute of Mathematics,
Astrophysics and Particle Physics, Radboud University Nijmegen,
The Netherlands) has requested AAVSO assistance with his campaign
to observe a set of 20 cataclysmic variables (CVs) with the
William Herschel Telescope (WHT) at La Palma TONIGHT. This campaign
is identical in format to the ones successfully carried out by the
AAVSO on his behalf in 2015 (AAVSO Alert Notices 524 and 527).
The full details of and instructions for this campaign are included
here although the first of the two nights for which data are requested
In order for WHT to observe each of the targets safely and to
maximize the science value of the observations obtained, it is
essential to know whether they are in outburst or quiescence. To
this end, the PI has requested our observers to obtain one image
of each target on each of TWO separate nights so he may analyze
them to determine the final observing list for WHT.
One image of every target should be obtained:
- between 23 May 17:00UT and 24 May 17:00 UT
- between 24 May 17:00UT and 25 May 17:00 UT
***The images must be posted to the thread no later than
25 May 18:00 UT.***
Observers should post their images to the thread that was created
last year ("Second 17 PTF CVs campaign") in the AAVSO Campaigns &
Observation Reports forum
include the date/time, filter, and exposure in the posting.
It is not necessary for observers to determine and submit a
magnitude estimate of each target, just to obtain the images and
place them where the PI can access them. Any filter may be used,
and raw or reduced images of each target may be posted in the forum.
**Only one image per observer per target per night should be
submitted. Please do not submit multiple images of any target
obtained by you on the same night.**
An observer does not have to take images of the same targets on both
nights (although that would be ideal); if conditions change between
the nights, whatever images can be obtained will be extremely helpful.
The table of targets is given below. Some of the targets are quite
faint, and stacking of images may be necessary. The maximum size of
an image file that can be uploaded to the Forum thread is 40 MB,
so if any files are larger, please trim the image(s).
PTF name Primary name RA (2000) DEC (2000) Mag_min Mag_max Type Priority
PTFS1112g GP CVn 12:27:40.85 +51:39:24.9 19.10 g' 14.30 clear UGSU+E High
PTFS1112j OV Dra 12:50:23.81 +66:55:25.5 19.00 CR 15.80 CR UGSU+E High
PTFS1114ag SDSS J143317.78+101123.3 14:33:17.78 +10:11:23.0 21.00 CV 18.60 CV CV+E High
PTFS1115x SDSS J150137.22+550123.4 15:01:37.22 +55:01:22.9 19.40 CR 16.40 CR UGSU+E High
PTFS1115y NZ Boo 15:02:40.93 +33:34:23.7 19.60 V 13.70 V UGSU+E High
PTFS1115z OV Boo 15:07:22.22 +52:30:40.2 20.60 CV 18.00 CV CV+EA+ZZ/GWLIB High
PTFS1115ag SDSS J154453.60+255348.8 15:44:53.62 +25:53:48.9 18.00 CV 15.70 CV UG+E High
PTFS1115am QZ Ser 15:56:54.48 +21:07:19.0 17.49 V 12.70 V UGSU Medium
PTFS1115an BT CrB 15:56:56.92 +35:23:36.7 19.20 CR 16.70 CR UG+E High
PTFS1116al V844 Her 16:25:01.76 +39:09:26.5 17.50 B 12.50 B UGSU Medium
PTFS1116ae SDSS J162520.29+120308.7 16:25:20.30 +12:03:08.8 20.00 CV 13.10 CV UGSU Medium
PTFS1116ca V592 Her 16:30:56.40 +21:16:58.5 21.4 V 12.30 V UGWZ Medium
PTFS1116s SDSS J164248.52+134751.4 16:42:48.52 +13:47:51.4 19.00 CR 15.20 CR UGSU Medium
PTFS1117b V1239 Her 17:02:13.26 +32:29:54.0 19.10 V 13.70 clear UGSU+E High
PTFS1117r MASTER OT J172758.09+380021.5 17:27:58.13 +38:00:22.5 18.00 CR 14.10 CR UG Medium
PTFS1118x V0344 Lyr 18:44:39.17 +43:22:28.1 19.00 V 13.80 V UGSU High
PTFS1119h V1504 Cyg 19:28:56.45 +43:05:37.3 17.40 P 13.50 P UGSU High
PTFS1120q SDSS J204817.85-061044.8 20:48:17.87 -06:10:45.0 20.00 CR 14.90 CR UGSU High
PTFS1120t QT Aqr 20:59:14.87 -06:12:20.5 19.30 CV 15.20 CV UG High
PTFS1121y QU Aqr 21:00:14.11 +00:44:46.0 18.80 V 16.10 V UGSU High
Observers should use a combination of AAVSO charts and charts
supplied by the PI. Finder charts may be created using the AAVSO
Variable Star Plotter (VSP, https://www.aavso.org/vsp). PDF images
of PTF (Palomar Transient Factory) close-up finder charts
containing the targets and offset stars chosen by the PI may be
(https://www.aavso.org/sites/default/fil ... ruizc3.pdf).
Please note that there are two versions of the finding chart for PTFS1115z.
Please be sure that each image includes the offset stars, especially
if you trim it so its size is less than 40MB.
Because the windows for observation by AAVSO observers are
relatively short and the target list is quite long, it is
recommended that observers coordinate their observing plans so
that all of the targets are covered on both nights if at all
possible. Please use the forum thread given above to post what
targets you plan to observe; if you see that more difficult targets
are not being covered and you can observe them, your doing so would
be greatly appreciated.
This AAVSO Alert Notice was compiled by Elizabeth O. Waagen.
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