Status of SuperWASP I (La Palma)

Street, R. A.; Christian, D. J.; Clarkson, W. I.; Collier Cameron, A.; Evans, N.; Fitzsimmons, A.; Haswell, C. A.; Hellier, C.; Hodgkin, S. T.; Horne, K.; Kane, S. R.; Keenan, F. P.; Lister, T. A.; Norton, A. J.; Pollacco, D.; Ryans, R.; Skillen, I.; West, R. G. and Wheatley, P. J. (2004). Status of SuperWASP I (La Palma). Astronomische Nachrichten, 325(6-8) pp. 565–567.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/asna.200410281

Abstract

SuperWASP is an ultra-wide field (over 300 sq. degrees) photometric survey project designed to monitor stars between 7 - 15 mag to high precision and with high cadence over long (≥2 months) timescales. The primary science goal of this project is the detection of exoplanetary transits, as well as NEOs and optical transients. The resulting photometric catalogue will be made public via a web-based interface. The SuperWASP instrument consists of an array of cameras each with a 7.8° × 7.8° field of view, guided by a robotic fork mount and sited in a fibreglass enclosure at the Observatorio de Roque de los Muchachos (ORM), La Palma, Canary Islands. In this progress report, we describe the specifications of the instrument, its semi-automated operation and pipeline data reduction.

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