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The Ground Based Photometric Limitations to the Search for Light Variations Due to 5-minute Solar-type Oscillations in Other StarsHigh speed photometric observations obtained with a single channel photometer on the South African Astronomical Observatory 0.5-m and 1.9-m telescopes are presented. It is argued that the dominant source of noise at periods near 5 minutes is sky transparency variation rather than scintillation. For bright stars this means that, at this period, increased telescope aperture does not improve photometric accuracy. It is claimed that ground based photometric observations cannot reach accuracies sufficient to study solar-type oscillations in other stars. Such observations must be made from space. Recommendations for improving ground based observations are made.
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Legacy CDMS
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Conference Paper
Kurtz, D. W.
(Cape Town Univ.)
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August 12, 2013
Publication Date
November 1, 1984
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Publication: NASA. Ames Research Center Proc. of the Workshop on Improvements to Photometry
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