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It is not necessary that they be obtained on the same night, or even with the same telescope or camera. As long as appropriate standard stars of known photometric properties are observed on each night, it is possible to use those observations in training mode to derive the parameters α, . . , γ and/or δ, . . , η that characterize the instantaneous properties of the atmosphere and instrumentation in the relevent photometric bandpass(es). In application mode, for any given target object all the observed instrumental magnitudes v or b, each one accompanied by the values of α, .

Low-order polynomial expansions have the advantages that they are single valued, continuous, and smooth. In these properties they resemble the physical situations that we typically encounter. Classical δ-versus-є arguments can be used to show that a polynomial of some order can model the relevant physical situations to within any required tolerance. Polynomials have the further advantage that they are fast to compute. That said, there is no objection in principle to the use of other functional forms if they can be shown to produce improved fitting residuals without requiring additional free fitting parameters.

From this, it is apparent that if the stars appear to be exactly equally bright when measured in the standard V bandpass, then the blue star will be measured somewhat brighter than the red one in the Cerro Tololo V bandpass. Conversely, in another V filter that was shifted to a slightly longer wavelength than the standard bandpass, the red star would be measured somewhat brighter than the blue one.  log Fλ ) , dλ 13 1 Astronomical Photometry U B V R I relative throughput (%) 8 6 4 2 0 600 λ (nm) 400 800 ⊡ Fig.

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