Not entirely trivial

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Paul Leyland

1/32K difference in flux corresponds to a roughly 1/32 millimag dip in brightness.  Either I’m missing something important, which I do quite often, or I’d change “tough” into “a chance somewhere between nil and negligible”.  That said, I’m a great fan of understatement.

In the ARPS meeting today we were advised, correctly in my opinion, to concentrate on objects with a transit depth of at least 10 millimags.  Three hundred times deeper, in other words.

My experience is that good observations of a transit depth of, say, 5 millimags is achievable but not entirely trivial.  I couldn’t manage one millimag.