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Chromospheric activity in Xi Boo


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About this observation
Kevin Gurney
Time of observation
21/04/2020 - 18:35
Xi Boo
Observing location
Celestron C11
Shelyak Lhires III
Mesu 200 mount
Atik 460Ex
10 subs, 300s each
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My interest was piqued by a web page describing observations of the H and K Ca lines using a Lhires spectroscope (Christian Buil )

The observation of emission peaks in the wider absorption profiles of these lines is evidence (apparently) of so-called 'chromospheric activity'.

I tried some of the suggetsed targets including that shown here (Xi boo, HD 131156). The peaks are clear I think.

This was tricky to calibrate as I relied on weak lines due to traces of argon in the usual 'neon' lamp. You should really use the argon/neon lamp but I wasn't about to strip down my Lhires.... I fould two calibration lines that were suitable with a longer-than-usual calibration exposure (45s).

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