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Luminosity and flux

  1. Sep 28, 2003 #1
    Where does time come into these equations?

    If one telescope of a known diameter can reach a certain magnitude, it is easy to find what magnitude a different telescope of known magnitude can reach. But if a telescope integrating over 10s can reach a certain magnitude, how can we determine what magnitude the same telescope will reach integrating over 1hr?

    Also, what does it mean for something to have a spectral resolution of 5?
    Last edited: Sep 28, 2003
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  3. Sep 28, 2003 #2


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    What are the units of [sig]?
    Assuming you're still way above sky noise, presumably.
    If one star has a magnitude of 5, and another 10, what is the ratio of the energy received, in unit time, by the same telescope?
    How many seconds are there in an hour?
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