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Title: The Next Generation Transit Survey - Prototyping Phase
Authors: McCormac, J.
Pollacco, D.
Wheatley, P.
West, R.
Walker, S.
Bento, J.
Skillen, I.
Faedi, F.
Burleigh, M.
Casewell, S.
Chazelas, B.
Genolet, L.
Gibson, N.
Goad, M.
Lawrie, K.
Ryans, R.
Todd, I.
Udry, S.
Watson, C.
First Published: 6-Jan-2017
Publisher: IOP Publishing, Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Citation: Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 2017, 129:025002 (11pp)
Abstract: We present the prototype telescope for the Next Generation Transit Survey, which was built in the UK in 2008/09 and tested on La Palma in the Canary Islands in 2010. The goals for the prototype system were severalfold: to determine the level of systematic noise in an NGTS-like system; demonstrate that we can perform photometry at the (sub) millimagnitude level on transit timescales across a wide field; show that it is possible to detect transiting super-Earth and Neptune-sized exoplanets and prove the technical feasibility of the proposed planet survey. We tested the system for around 100 nights and met each of the goals above. Several key areas for improvement were highlighted during the prototyping phase. They have been subsequently addressed in the final NGTS facility which was recently commissioned at ESO Cerro Paranal, Chile.
DOI Link: 10.1088/1538-3873/129/972/025002
ISSN: 0004-6280
eISSN: 1538-3873
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © the authors, 2017, This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Description: 10 pages, 7 figures. This work was carried out while J. McCormac, D. Pollacco, F. Faedi were at Queen's University Belfast, R. West was at the University of Leicester and J. Bento was at Warwick University
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