Wednesday, April 10, 2013

1304.2405 (J. McCormac et al.)

DONUTS: A science frame autoguiding algorithm with sub-pixel precision, capable of guiding on defocused stars    [PDF]

J. McCormac, D. Pollacco, I. Skillen, F. Faedi, I. Todd, C. A. Watson
We present the DONUTS autoguiding algorithm, designed to fix stellar positions at the sub-pixel level for high-cadence time-series photometry, which is also capable of autoguiding on defocused stars. DONUTS was designed to calculate guide corrections from a series of science images and re-centre telescope pointing between each exposure. The algorithm has the unique ability of calculating guide corrections from under-sampled to heavily defocused point spread functions. We present the case for why such an algorithm is important for high precision photometry and give our results from off and on-sky testing. We discuss the limitations of DONUTS and the facilities where it soon will be deployed.
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