Welcome to the Stone Edge Observatory All Sky Survey program! We are very excited to be able to build out a map looking at the sky through the lens of the Stone Edge Observatory. The rich dataset that we build will enable us to achieve numerous science goals, including establishing a legacy database of reduced data, performing time series analyses of asteroids, comets, stellar proper motion, and supernovae. This will enable follow up observations, and the filling-in of parameter space inaccessible by higher tier research telescopes.
Our Potential Avenues:
Light Curve Photometry
Light curve photometry of asteroids, variable stars, exoplanets, and supernovae can help us determine how brightness varies with time, and how much survey resources should be dedicated to these types of observations.
Large Scale Structure
Understanding the “large scale structure” within our Milky Wy by mapping out the stellar distribution of our galaxy can answer important science questions like how the stellar density changes as you move towards the galactic plane, and how the number of stars changes with decreasing brightness.
Parameter Space Exploration
High precision photometry using the SDSS photometric system involves measuring light from different sources, calculating the differences in magnitudes, and comparing to standard stars with known magnitudes. Accurate photometric data allows researchers to make redshift estimates that identify different stellar populations in the galaxy, and to compute the evolution of the galaxy bias at low redshift.