Title of Oral/Poster Presentation

Stellar Spectroscopy Using a Digital Camera

Class

Article

College

College of Science

Faculty Mentor

Jonny Price

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Abstract

The goal of this project is to develop an attachment for cameras and telescopes which can easily and effectively produce spectral data from images. Rather than using a fiber optic cable, which captures light, but not full images, our design can acquire high resolution images and then extract the image’s spectrum. The design consists of a transmission grating, a 3D printed attachment and housing, python script, and a Sony A7 camera. When looking at an image with our camera and design, the light from the image will pass through the transmission grating and break apart into its constituent spectrum. The camera’s CCD will collect this information and pass it through the python script. The script will parse out the RAW data produced by the camera and extract the spectral data and plot it as a wavelength vs. intensity graph. Once the image’s spectrum is produced, it can be used in a variety of ways such as studying black-body temperatures, determining stellar composition, and studying red-shift of astronomical objects.

Location

The South Atrium

Start Date

4-12-2018 10:30 AM

End Date

4-12-2018 11:45 AM

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Stellar Spectroscopy Using a Digital Camera

The South Atrium

The goal of this project is to develop an attachment for cameras and telescopes which can easily and effectively produce spectral data from images. Rather than using a fiber optic cable, which captures light, but not full images, our design can acquire high resolution images and then extract the image’s spectrum. The design consists of a transmission grating, a 3D printed attachment and housing, python script, and a Sony A7 camera. When looking at an image with our camera and design, the light from the image will pass through the transmission grating and break apart into its constituent spectrum. The camera’s CCD will collect this information and pass it through the python script. The script will parse out the RAW data produced by the camera and extract the spectral data and plot it as a wavelength vs. intensity graph. Once the image’s spectrum is produced, it can be used in a variety of ways such as studying black-body temperatures, determining stellar composition, and studying red-shift of astronomical objects.