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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.

 

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A zoom into the white box in the image above.

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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

Paper on Evryscope science plans

This arXiv paper (submitted to PASP) gives a detailed look at our science plans for the system.

By |January 15th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Evryscope hardware arrives

The Evryscope "mushroom" arrives at UNC Chapel Hill.

The Evryscope “mushroom” arrives at UNC Chapel Hill.

The Evryscope hardware is arriving at UNC Chapel Hill, and we are starting integration of the subsystems into the array. The next step will be full-up testing of the whole telescope.

By |January 15th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

AAS presentations from the Evryscope team

Octavi Fors (software lead) and Jeff Ratzloff (mechanical design).

Octavi Fors (software lead) and Jeff Ratzloff (mechanical design lead).

Tuesday talk & posters:

202.07. The Evryscope: the first full-sky gigapixel-scale telescope

Nicholas M. Law; Octavi Fors; Jeffrey Ratzloff; Philip J. Wulfken

258.06. Mechanical design for the Evryscope: a 10,000-sq-deg FoV, gigapixel-scale telescope

Jeff Ratzloff; Nicholas M. Law; Octavi Fors Aldrich; Philip J. Wulfken

258.07. Image Quality of the Evryscope: Method for On-Site Optical Alignment

Philip J. Wulfken; Nicholas M. Law; Octavi Fors Aldrich; Jeff Ratzloff

 

Wednesday talk & posters:

332.09. Targeted-mode pipeline for the Evryscope: 10,000-sq.deg. FoV gigapixel telescope

Octavi Fors Aldrich; Nicholas M. Law; Philip J. Wulfken; Jeffrey Ratzloff

By |January 4th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Evryscope presented at the Copenhagen Centre for Star and Planet Formation

http://starplan.dk/seminars/evryscope-first-full-sky-gigapixel-scale-telescope

By |January 4th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Popular Mechanics features the Evryscope

Popular Mechanics has featured the Evryscope in their “Year of Good Things 2015” article, in the December/January 2015 edition, highlighting our plans for a 2015 deployment of the prototype system.

By |November 17th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

The Evryscope presented at the Yale Astronomy Seminar

http://astronomy.yale.edu/event/ycaa-seminar-octavi-fors

By |November 1st, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Arctic cameras and the Evryscope featured in SkyNews

The Arctic prototype cameras and the potential Arctic deployment of the Evryscope are featured in the Nov/Dec 2014 issue of SkyNews (page 18) : http://www.skynews.ca/

By |November 1st, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Evryscope presented at Caltech astronomy colloquium

http://www.astro.caltech.edu/events/colloquia.html

By |September 30th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Evryscope recieves NSF-ATI funding!

The Evryscope has been fully-funded for construction by the NSF Advanced Technologies and Instrumentation (ATI) program.

By |August 18th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments