The Fleming Survey: high-cadence survey for variable stars in the northern galactic plane

Aleks Scholz*, Ben Warwick, Thomas van Aalten

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Abstract

We present first results from the Fleming Survey, a high-cadence search for variable stars in the northern Galactic Plane, conducted with the James Gregory Telescope in St Andrews (UK). After observing twelve fields, each over a timespan of 3–5 hr and with a cadence of 1 min, we identify 8 variable stars with clear periodic flux modulation in our lightcurves. Two of these are deemed to be δ Scuti pulsators, five are most likely eclipsing binaries. For most of our discoveries, the variability is known in the literature, but the exact period and shape of the lightcurve is not. This mini-survey demonstrates that high-cadence observations with small telescopes are a useful complement to ongoing and planned massive variability surveys.
Original languageEnglish
Article number245
JournalResearch Notes of the AAS
Volume5
Issue number10
Early online date26 Oct 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2021

Keywords

  • Delta Cepheid variable stars
  • Surveys
  • W Ursae Majoris variable stars
  • Eclipsing binary stars
  • Algol variable stars

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