Rectilinear elements of visual optical double stars: With application to the 1829 southern double star catalogue of James Dunlop

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Letchford, Roderick R., White, Graeme L. and Brown, Carolyn J.. 2022. "Rectilinear elements of visual optical double stars: With application to the 1829 southern double star catalogue of James Dunlop." Astronomische Nachrichten. 343 (6-7), pp. 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1002/asna.20220018
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Rectilinear elements of visual optical double stars: With application to the 1829 southern double star catalogue of James Dunlop

ERA Journal ID1049
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsLetchford, Roderick R. (Author), White, Graeme L. (Author) and Brown, Carolyn J. (Author)
Journal TitleAstronomische Nachrichten
Journal Citation343 (6-7), pp. 1-14
Number of Pages14
Year2022
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons
Place of PublicationGermany
ISSN0004-6337
1521-3994
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1002/asna.20220018
Web Address (URL)https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/asna.20220018
Abstract

The relative Rectilinear motion of optical double stars provides an important clue to the relationship of the components. We provide an objective method of confirming the optical status of double stars, and of obtaining unbiased rectilinear elements solely on data obtained from the HIPPARCOS and Gaia DR2 space missions. We apply this technique to determine the rectilinear elements of 14 optical double stars from the southern double star catalogue of James Dunlop. The resultant uncertainties are, on average, an order of magnitude smaller than the method currently used.

Keywordsastrometry, binaries: visual, celestial mechanics, stars: kinematics
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020510199. Astronomical sciences not elsewhere classified
510109. Stellar astronomy and planetary systems
Byline AffiliationsCentre for Astrophysics
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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