Feldmeier, John J. and Howell, Steve B. and Sherry, William and von Braun, Kaspar and Everett, Mark E. and Ciardi, David R. and Harding, Paul and Mihos, J. Christopher and Rudick, Craig S. and Lee, Ting-Hui and Kutsko, Rebecca M. and van Belle, Gerard T. (2011) The Burrell-Optical-Kepler-Survey (BOKS). I. Survey Description and Initial Results. Astronomical Journal, 142 (1). Art. No. 2. ISSN 0004-6256 http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20110627-094323592
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We present the initial results of a 40 night contiguous ground-based campaign of time series photometric observations of a 1.39 deg^2 field located within the NASA Kepler Mission field of view. The goal of this pre-launch survey was to search for transiting extrasolar planets and to provide independent variability information of stellar sources. We have gathered a data set containing light curves of 54,687 stars from which we have created a statistical sub-sample of 13,786 stars between 14 < r < 18.5 and have statistically examined each light curve to test for variability. We present a summary of our preliminary photometric findings including the overall level and content of stellar variability in this portion of the Kepler field and give some examples of unusual variable stars found within. We present a preliminary catalog of 2,457 candidate variable stars, of which 776 show signs of periodicity. We also present three potential exoplanet candidates, all of which should be observable by the Kepler mission.
|Additional Information:||© 2011 The American Astronomical Society. Received 2010 August 20; accepted 2011 March 13; published 2011 May 24. We thank the entire staff of Case Western Reserve University Warner & Swasey observatory, including Heather L. Morrison, Charles Knox, and Colin Wallace for their invaluable assistance with the Burrell Schmidt. We are also extremely grateful to the observers of the AAVSO who performed many observations of our field concurrently. We thank Richard Wade for some useful discussions. We also thank the anonymous referee for several suggestions that improved the quality of this paper. This research has made use of the WEBDA database, operated at the Institute for Astronomy of the University of Vienna. This publication makes use of data products from the Two Micron All Sky Survey, which is a joint project of the University of Massachusetts and the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center/California Institute of Technology, funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the National Science Foundation. Facilities: KPNO:2.1m (Goldcam), CWRU:Schmidt|
|Subject Keywords:||binaries: eclipsing; planetary systems; techniques: photometric|
|Classification Code:||PACS: 95.80+p; 97.30.Dg; 95.85.Kr; 97.80.Hn; 97.30.Kn; 97.82.-j|
|Official Citation:||The Burrell-Optical-Kepler-Survey (BOKS). I. Survey Description and Initial Results John J. Feldmeier, Steve B. Howell, William Sherry, Kaspar von Braun, Mark E. Everett, David R. Ciardi, Paul Harding, J. Christopher Mihos, Craig S. Rudick, Ting-Hui Lee, Rebecca M. Kutsko and Gerard T. van Belle doi: 10.1088/0004-6256/142/1/2|
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|Deposited By:||Ruth Sustaita|
|Deposited On:||27 Jun 2011 17:11|
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