Optical Follow-up of Planck Cluster Candidates with Small Instruments

We have recently made public a preprint [1] about a very specialized work in which we have tested the feasibility to use small telescopes to make optical follow-up of Planck cluster candidates detected by the Sunyaev-Zel’dovich effect.

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The above picture shows the redshift distribution obtained over a hundred objects, most probably galaxies, detected within from the center of an unconfirmed Planck’s SZ candidate.

In summary, with a 0.6 meter telescope, photometric redshift measurements are possible in a redshift range of up to . This opens-up the possiblity for amateur astronomers to collectively contribute to SZ candidate validation with basic observables such as and galaxy counts.

References

2018

  • [1] Boucher V, Visscher S de and Ringeval C 2018 Optical Follow-up of Planck Cluster Candidates with Small Instruments
    Abstract: arXiv:1801.04124
    Journal: 10.1088/1538-3873/aad53e