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Introduction to Time-Series Photometry Using Charge-Coupled Devices


Steve B. Howell

Planetary Science Institute, 2421 East 6th Street, Tucson, AZ 85719


Received: January 30, 1992




This paper reviews in some detail the ideas of differential photometry using a CCD detector.  It discusses the basic ideas of observational uses of a CCD for this kind of work and then gives details of the quantitative aspects.  Signal-to-noise calculations for a point source, optimum extraction of the digital data via software, and correct statistical error assesment of the data are some of the topics covered.  An observational example is presented.


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