Although is holiday period for the Northern observers and followers of the blog, the Red Dots photometric follow-up goes on, and we hope that you enjoy reading our new updates on your holiday retreat, while we send warm wishes for our Southern followers!:
Montsec Astronomical Observatory (OAdM)
The Joan Oró telescope (TJO) at he Montsec Astronomical Observatory (OAdM) has obtained more than 500 images for Barnard’s star with filters R and I, the reddest ones available at the telescope, and around 400 images for Ross 154 with V, R and I filters (see Figure 1). The TJO has been operating in fully robotic mode with zero problems for a couple of months now!
Several nights were lost during the last 2 weeks due to thin clouds or even some rainy weather. Also, some data were removed from the extracted light curves as they were probably affected by cirrus and the closeness of the targets to the full moon. However, most of the data seem to be reliable and the light curves for both targets already show some significant signals. Moreover, the monitoring cadence may be increased for both Red Dots targets as some other high priority campaigns at the TJO ...