PRE-DISCOVERY OBSERVATIONS OF CoRoT-1b AND CoRoT-2b WITH THE BEST SURVEY
Rauer, H × Erikson, A Kabath, P Hedelt, P Boer, M Carone, Ludmila Csizmadia, Sz Eigmueller, P von Paris, P Renner, S Tournois, G Titz, R Voss, H #
Published by the University of Chicago Press for the American Astronomical Society
The Astronomical Journal vol:139 issue:1 pages:53-58
The Berlin Exoplanet Search Telescope (BEST) wide-angle telescope installed at the Observatoire de Haute-Provence and operated in remote control from Berlin by the Institut für Planetenforschung, DLR, has observed the CoRoT target fields prior to the mission. The resulting archive of stellar photometric light curves is used to search for deep transit events announced during CoRoT's alarm mode to aid in fast photometric confirmation of these events. The “initial run” field of CoRoT (IRa01) was observed with BEST in 2006 November and December for 12 nights. The first “long run” field (LRc01) was observed from 2005 June to September for 35 nights. After standard CCD data reduction, aperture photometry has been performed using the ISIS image subtraction method. About 30,000 light curves were obtained in each field. Transits of the first detected planets by the CoRoT mission, CoRoT-1b and CoRoT-2b, were found in archived data of the BEST survey and their light curves are presented here. Such detections provide useful information at the early stage of the organization of follow-up observations of satellite alarm-mode planet candidates. In addition, no period change was found over ∼4 years between the first BEST observation and last available transit observations.