Monitoring LMXBs with the Faulkes Telescopes

Lewis, Fraser and Russell, David M. and Fender, Rob P. and Roche, Paul and Clark, J. Simon (2008) Monitoring LMXBs with the Faulkes Telescopes. In: VII Microquasar Workshop: Microquasars and Beyond, September 1st -5th, 2008, Foca, Izmir, Turkey.

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Abstract

The Faulkes Telescope Project is an educational and research arm of the Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network (LCOGTN). It has two 2-metre robotic telescopes, located at Haleakala on Maui (FT North) and Siding Spring in Australia (FT South). It is planned for these telescopes to be complemented by a research network of eighteen 1-metre telescopes, along with an educational network of twenty-eight 0.4-metre telescopes, providing 24 hour coverage of both northern and southern hemispheres. We have been conducting a monitoring project of 13 low-mass X-ray binaries (LMXBs) using FT North since early 2006. The introduction of FT South has allowed us to extend this to monitor a total of 30 LMXBs (see target list, Section 4). New instrumentation will allow us to expand this project to include both infrared wavelengths (z and y band) and spectroscopy. Brighter targets (~ 16 - 18 mag.) are imaged weekly in V, R and i’ bands (SNR ~ 50), while fainter ones (> 18 mag.) are observed only in i’ band (SNR ~ 20). We alter this cadence in response to our own analysis or Astronomers Telegrams (ATels).

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: RTSRE Related Research
Depositing User: Dr Michael Fitzgerald
Date Deposited: 16 May 2017 11:22
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2018 09:10
URI: http://istardb.org/id/eprint/856

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