MASCARA: The Multi-site All-Sky CAmeRA
1 Leiden Observatory, Leiden University, Postbus 5913, 2300 RA, Leiden, The Netherlands
2 NOVA Optical and Infrared Instrumentation Division at ASTRON, PO Box 2, 7990 AA, Dwingeloo, The Netherlands
3 Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Toronto, 50 St. George Street, Toronto, ON M5S 3H4, Canada
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The Multi-site All-Sky CAmeRA, MASCARA, is an instrument currently in the design phase, that is aimed to find the brightest transiting planet systems in the sky. It will consist of several stations across the globe, each monitoring the near-entire sky using a battery of CCD-detectors plus wide-field lenses, targeting stars in the V = 4 − 8 magnitude range. MASCARA will be able to detect individual transits from Jupiter-size planets over this whole magnitude range, while smaller planets will be found by co-adding transit events. We expect to discover up to a dozen bright transit systems in this way. These will be extremely valuable for atmospheric follow-up studies.
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