AAVSO: American Association of Variable Star Observers

Inter-observer Photometric Consistency Using Optec Photometers

Volume 45 number 1 (2017)

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Tom Calderwood
1184 NW Mt. Washington Drive, Bend, OR 97703; tjc@cantordust.net
Jim Kay
26 Steeplebush Road, Shelburne, VT 05482; jimjanekay@msn.com
Scott Burgess
4 Rob Clark Street, Winterport, ME 04496; ScottAstroNut@aol.com
Erwin van Ballegoij
De Rogge 6, Heesch, 5384 XD, Netherlands; AAVSO.ID.BVE@HOME.NL


Four observers, over a wide geographic range, observe slowly-varying stars in Johnson B and V bands using Optec SSP-3 and SSP-5 photometers on telescopes of modest size. Significant corrections for transformation and extinction were applied to their data, and we find very close agreement among them. In paired same-night observations, the median absolute difference between observers was 7 mmag. For the two observers with the most measurements in common, we estimate a systematic difference of 3.2 mmag or less.