Shane L. Larson

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This research project is meant to set up Utah State University’s 20 inch diameter telescope and use imaging techniques to do research science with stellar clusters. Using known information taken from stellar catalogues, open clusters will be selected to image. From the im- age, absolute magnitudes or luminocities will be collected from each star in the cluster using imaging software. We will then compare these to their spectral types, or tem- peratures, to create Hertzprung-Russell diagrams of the open clusters. A Hertzprung-Russell (H-R) diagram is a scatter plot of luminocity vs spectral type for stars. The following report will explain target selection of open clusters, imaging methods, and calculations used to cre- ate H-R diagrams of open clusters.

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