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Evryscope @ Keele Transiting Planets Conference

An update on the Evryscope survey at the Keele Transiting Planets conference.
By |July 17th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Evryscope-North parts arrive

The first Evryscope-North parts have been completed at the UNC machine shop. With a couple of dozen cameras, there are a lot of components!

 

By |June 2nd, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Evryscope @ Radio Exploration of Planetary Habitability

The Evryscope team and collaborators presented Evryscope flare-search results at the AAS Radio Exploration of Planetary Habitability in Palm Springs.

Ward Howard: Evryscope flare-detection poster

Marin Anderson: Long-Wavelength-Array / Evryscope CME-detection talk

By |May 19th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Evryscope seminar @ IAS

Nick Law presented an informal IAS @ Princeton seminar about the Evryscope and Robo-AO, with updates on some of the results so far from our various science programs. The PDF version is here.

By |May 6th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Evryscope-North construction begins

evryscopes

We have started ordering the components of the Evryscope-North! The telescope will be based at the Mount Laguna Observatory (MLO). The Evryscope-North is funded by a collaboration of San Diego State University (SDSU), UNC-Chapel Hill  and the Research Corporation Scialog program.

Together with Evryscope-South, Evryscope-North will provide all-sky monitoring of essentially every object brighter than 16th magnitude . The two Evryscopes overlap in field of view, allowing truly-simultaneous multi-site multi-color observations over thousands of square degrees.

We expect to deploy the Evryscope-North at MLO in the summer of this year.

By |January 20th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Added new results and status page to the website

We’ve added some updates on our current results and status to this page.

By |January 2nd, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Evryscope at AAVSO conference

We are excited to present the Evryscope project at the AAVSO annual meeting, where Octavi Fors will discuss our Scialog-funded plans for amateur observers to follow-up Evryscope discoveries.

By |November 20th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Evryscope invited talks

We’re presenting the Evryscope at an invited talk @ the SRK60: Compact, Cataclysmic and Catastrophic workshop, and two invited talks at the Scialog Fellows Conference.

By |October 5th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Presentations at SPIE Astronomy & Telescopes @ Edinburgh

We are presenting new Evryscope results in two presentations at the SPIE conference in Edinburgh:

Jeffrey Ratzloff, Nicholas M. Law, Octavi Fors, Philip Wulfken
Nicholas M. Law, Octavi Fors, Daniel del Ser, Hank Corbett, Jeffrey Ratzloff, Philip Wulfken
By |June 27th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Project update

The Evryscope has been operational and fully robotic for one year, and has recorded over 60TB of data. All hardware is operational, and the system has survived lightning strikes, snowstorms and an 8th-magnitude earthquake without any damage!

Our team is currently finishing-off our data analysis pipeline, which performs image calibration, astrometry, source extraction,  light curve building and trend filtering. All results are inserted into our databases within the two minute time before the next exposure is taken, a data rate of 100Mb/sec.

We expect to offer the first high-quality light curves to the general community by the end of 2016.

Funding for the system is provided by the NSF/ATI and NSF/CAREER programs.

Below is a full Evryscope image, stitched together from all cameras.

 

evryscope_full_image

A zoom into the white box in the image above.

evryscope_1%_image

By |June 1st, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Evryscope science operations funded by NSF

The NSF CAREER program has funded Evryscope operations for the next five years, including data analysis and pipeline development support!

By |February 1st, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Presentations at IAU 2015

Talk: Friday August 7, 4:20-4:40pm, IAU Division F (Exoplanets)

The Evryscope and extrasolar planets
Octavi Fors; Nicholas M. Law; Philip J. Wulfken; Jeffrey Ratzloff

Posters (week 1):

DBp.1.24. The Evryscope: the first all-sky gigapixel-scale telescope
Nicholas M. Law; Octavi Fors; Jeffrey Ratzloff; Philip Wulfken

FM8p.29. Evrystats for Evryplanets: planets from the first all-sky gigapixel scale telescope
Octavi Fors; Nicholas M. Law; Philip J. Wulfken; Jeffrey Ratzloff

Antarctic system: We will also present options for an Antarctic Evryscope at the SCAR Workshop also on Hawaii.

By |August 3rd, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

The Evryscope profiled in Science

The Evryscope and other small-telescope time-domain surveys are profiled in Science this week!

By |July 3rd, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Evryscope collects first 100,000 images (5.5TB of data)

The Evryscope has collected more than 100,000 images, each 30MPix in size, for a total of 5.5TB of data. Data reduction is ongoing!

evryscope_image_1

By |July 2nd, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Deployed at CTIO

The Evryscope is deployed at CTIO and has operated on-sky for several nights. The team is back at Chapel Hill and will shortly commence robotic operations of the system, optimization of the image quality, and continued software pipeline development.

A first-CTIO-light image of the galactic plane is below. Click on the image to see a 1:1 zoom, displayed in a linear stretch, as yet uncalibrated for flat-fielding or bias. This image makes up about 1/500th of a single Evryscope exposure.

evryscope_ctio_first_light_cutout

By |May 29th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Finishing off installation of the Evryscope at CTIO

evryscope_installation

By |May 23rd, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Evryscope shipping to Chile

evryscope_cratesThe Evryscope is crated up and is shipping to CTIO!

By |April 13th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Evryscope First Light

We’ve successfully tested the Evryscope under bright-sky conditions at Chapel Hill; the next step is shipping to CTIO and deployment.

evryscope_on_chapman

By |March 10th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Astrobites covers the Evryscope science-plans paper

Gudmundur Stefansson has written an article about the Evryscope for Astrobites: http://astrobites.org/2015/01/26/evryscope-greek-for-wide-seeing/

By |January 26th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Sky & Telescope features the Evryscope

Sky and Telescope has featured the Evryscope in an article about the future of exoplanet surveys.

By |January 20th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments