AAVSO: American Association of Variable Star Observers

´╗┐Exoplanets for Everyone

Volume 48 number 2 (2020)

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Todd Duncan
Department of Physics, Pacific University, 2043 College Way, Forest Grove, OR 97116; tduncan@pacificu.edu
Erika Dunning
Department of Physics, Pacific University, 2043 College Way, Forest Grove, OR 97116; tduncan@pacificu.edu
Justin Hurworth
Department of Physics, Pacific University, 2043 College Way, Forest Grove, OR 97116; tduncan@pacificu.edu
Erin Mercer
Department of Physics, Pacific University, 2043 College Way, Forest Grove, OR 97116; tduncan@pacificu.edu

Abstract

We report the detection of transiting exoplanet HD 189733b by photoelectric photometry using a modest setup and procedure easily accessible to many amateur astronomers and college or high school students. Detecting an exoplanet transit first-hand can be an inspiring experience. By describing our approach, we hope to make it easier for others to share this experience, using equipment they may already have available.