||L'Osservatorio Astronomico č stato
fortemente danneggiato dal vento del 24/2/2019. L'attrezzatura
scientifica č stata rimossa e si sta valutando la situazione. Ogni
attivitā č sospesa a tempo indefinito.
The Observatory (Lat.
40°46'30''N, Lon. 14°47'20''E, Alt. 290 m)
The Observatory was operational since 22/03/2011.
The dome (Sirius University Observatory, 6.7m in diameter)
has been mounted on 30/04/2010. This is the largest dome inside a University
campus in Italy.
The present telescope hosted by the observatory is a
PRO RC600 made by Officina
(diameter 0.60m, f/8) , installed on 26/11/2015.
The mount supporting the telescope is a GM-4000 HPS by 10micron, with
15'' pointing accuracy and precision encoders.
The CCD is a FingerLakes Instrument Proline L230 with 2048x2048 pixels. The field of view is
The CCD is equipped with a Rotofocuser and a filter wheel with a UBVRI
Bessell set, and a diffraction grating for
Here are some images collected by our
old telescope and CCD (Celestron C14 and SBIG ST2000).
|M42 (Orion Nebula)
||Moon at the eclipse
|M51 (spiral galaxy)
||M82 (starburst galaxy)
||Toutatis fly-by 12/12/2012
The observatory is used by undergraduate students in physics
in the course of Laboratorio
specialistico (settore astrofisico). Specific thesis projects are
Research with Salerno Observatory
Our observatory participates in several scientific programs for the
discovery and the characterization of extrasolar planets by the
microlensing method and by the transit method.
It is part of the
MiNDSTEp network of
telescopes engaged in follow-up of microlensing events discovered in the
Galactic Bulge. The aim of the programme is to detect extrasolar planets by
the microlensing method. The data collected by Salerno telescope are
available via rsync on the ARTEMiS
website. Recently, our observations have supported the
Kepler satellites, which have
dedicated an important part of their observing time to microlensing.
Our observatory is also part of the follow-up
network of the
collaboration, looking for extrasolar planets by the transit method.
Candidates detected by the KELT survey must be validated by detailed
observations by the follow-up network. In June 2017 we participated in the
KELT-9b, the hottest planet ever found, published in Nature.
We have now entered the
TESS follow-up network performing
seeing-limited photometry for the validation of transiting exoplanetary
candidates discovered by the NASA spacecraft.
Publications including data taken by Salerno University
Follow-up Network and Transit False-positive Catalog: Pre-vetted False
Positives for TESS
K. Collins et al., AJ 156, 234 (2018)
KELT-21b: A Hot Jupiter Transiting the Rapidly Rotating Metal-poor
Late-A Primary of a Likely Hierarchical Triple System
J. Marshall et al., AJ 155, 2 (2018)
OGLE-2014-BLG-1112LB: A Microlensing Brown Dwarf Detected through the
Channel of a Gravitational Binary-lens Event
C. Han et al., ApJ 843, 87 (2017)
planet undergoing extreme-ultraviolet irradiation by its hot
S. Gaudi et al., Nature 546, 514 (2017)
P ˜ 5 day, Highly Inflated Hot Jupiter Transiting a Mildly Evolved Hot
D. Stevens et al., AJ 153, 178 (2017)
of the K2 Mission: Observational Parameters, Scientific Drivers, and
Community Involvement for a Simultaneous Space- and Ground-based
C. Henderson et al., PASP 126, 124401 (2016)
Microlensing Program as a Probe for Globular Cluster Planets: Analysis
R. Poleski et al., ApJ 823, 63 (2016)
Microlens Measurement of a Massive Remnant in a Well-separated Binary
Y. Shvartzvald et al., ApJ 814, 111 (2015)
Versus Planetary Interpretations in the Microlensing Event
E. Bachelet et al., ApJ 812, 136 (2015)
the Galactic Distribution of Planets: Combined Spitzer and Ground-Based
Microlens Parallax Measurements of 21 Single-Lens Events
S. Calchi Novati et al., ApJ 804, 20 (2015)