Apr 17, 2006 UT: Photometry of IY UMa

Michael Richmond
Apr 17, 2006

On the night of Apr 16/17, 2006 EST, I used the RIT Observatory's 12-inch Meade telescope and SBIG ST8E CCD camera to take pictures of the cataclysmic variable IY UMa.

The plan:

Notes from the night


For background information on this cataclysmic variable, read

If we call the start of the outburst UT Apr 08, 2006, based on Patrick Schmeer's information, then these observations, on UT Apr 17, occur on day 9.

This is a chart of the field based on images taken UT Apr 12. The bright star "Q" was saturated in my images, so I discarded it from the solution. Click on the chart for a larger version.

Arne Henden has calibrated stars in this field. He finds that the star marked "B" = USNOB1.0 1481-0247104 in the chart above has V = 13.554. My instrumental photometry falls somewhere between V and R passbands. I will shift the instrumental magnitudes so that the star "B" has Henden's mag V = 13.554.

I measured the instrumental magnitude of each star with aperture photometry, using a radius of 4 pixels = 7.4 arcseconds and sky defined by an annulus around each star. Following the procedures outlined by Kent Honeycutt's article on inhomogeneous ensemble photometry, I used all stars available in each image to define a reference frame, and measured each star against this frame.

Below is a graph of the scatter in differential magnitude versus magnitude.

IY UMa is the star with the enormous scatter of about 0.15 mag and differential magnitude of about 4. Star "B" has differential magnitude about 3.1 and scatter of 0.009 mag.

Light curves for selected stars in the field are shown below. Star "A" is in red, star "B" in blue. IY UMa, shown by light green crosses, is clearly varying. My observing run corresponds to almost two periods of the orbit.

Here's a closeup of the variation in IY UMa itself, again marked by the light green crosses.

I've made a table of the measurements themselves, with three different flavors of time. The differential unfiltered magnitudes from the ensemble solution have been shifted so that the value of star "B" matches the Henden photometry.

Here's the start of the table.

# Measurements of IY UMa made at RIT Obs, Apr 17, 2006 UT, 
#   made by Michael Richmond. 
# All data taken with 12-inch LX-200 + no filter + SBIG ST-8 CCD 
#    no focal reducer, so at native f/10 
# Each exposure 30 seconds long; tabulated times are midexposure 
#    and accurate only to +/- 1 second. 
# 'mag' is a differential magnitude based on ensemble photometry 
#    which has been shifted to match Henden's V-band magnitude 
#    of star B = USNOB1.0 1481-0247104 so V=13.554. 
# UT day      JD-2,450,000  HJD-2,450,000   mag    uncert
Apr17.03791      3842.53791   3842.53920  14.409  0.020 
Apr17.03848      3842.53848   3842.53977  14.468  0.020 
Apr17.03962      3842.53962   3842.54091  14.461  0.020 

Last modified 4/14/2006 by MWR.