AAVSO: American Association of Variable Star Observers

Current Light Elements of the delta Scuti Star V393 Carinae

Volume 42 number 2 (2014)

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Roy Andrew Axelsen
P. O. Box 706, Kenmore, Queensland 4069, Australia; reaxelsen@gmail.com


V393 Carinae is a 7th magnitude δ Scuti star which has a principal period of 0.1413 d and an amplitude of 0.2 magnitude in V. Previous publications have suggested the existence of a second period, but its duration has so far evaded discovery. In view of the uncertainty, and since the only two papers on this star were published in 1984 and 2001, DSLR photometry was performed to obtain time series data. Images were taken during 6 nights from December 2013 to March 2014. The data were analyzed using a discrete Fourier transform, which yielded a principal frequency of 7.07727 (± 0.00005) cycles/day, corresponding to a period of 0.141297 (± 0.000001) day. Prewhitening for this frequency revealed a harmonic frequency precisely twice that of the principal, but no further dominant frequencies could be found. O–C diagrams suggested that it would appropriate to derive a new linear ephemeris from three times of maximum obtained by another author from 1977 to 1979, combined with the 6 new times of maximum reported in this paper. The light elements are: Tmax = HJD 2456732.0484 (6) + 0.14129328 (1). It is concluded that the current principal period of this star is almost identical to the period determined approximately 37 years ago. The issue of a second period is unresolved. None was detected, but it cannot be excluded that a second pulsation frequency of low amplitude could be hidden due to a low signal to noise ratio.