R Ara (HD149730)

Aim of the campaign

R Ara is thought to be a semidetached binary system. A close (~4 arcsec) companion and variability of about 0.1 mag on time scales of around a day make it difficult to interpret the light curves. R Ara has been poorly observed.

The initial aim is to determine accurate Time of Minimum for several primary and secondary eclipses.

We will repeat TOM measurements each season in order to accurately determine the period.


STAR Max V Mag RA 2000 BRNO epoch (HJD) BRNO period Primary / secondary
R Ara 6.17 16h39m44.7s 2455347.1559 4.425135 p
Min V Mag DE 2000 Krakow epoch (HJD) Krakow period  
7.32 -56°59' 40" 2452501.5596 4.4251133  


Light Curve

r ara light curve 

From Nield, K. M. Astrophysics and Space Science 180: 233-252, 1991.



A mag 7.8 star only 3.8 arcsec from R Ara will interfere with measurements. This is not a problem for TOM measurements.

There is also variability of the order of 0.1 mag on time scales of about a day. This will complicate TOM measurements, therefore number of eclipses will need to be recorded.


Finder Chart

The field of RS Sgr is shown in the plot below.

r ara finder chart 



Comparison Star Data

Please use the four comparison stars labled on the chart and catalogue values listed below.

Comp Star Name RA (J2000) DEC (J2000) V B-V V-Rc
1 HD 150898 16 47 19.66 -58 20 29.0 5.570 -0.095 -0.043
2 HD 150745 16 46 21.23 -58 30 12.8 5.728 -0.110 -0.115
3 HD 151688 16 52 09.00 -57 34 49.1 7.134 -0.057 -0.093
4 HD 150577 16 45 02.47 -55 43 08.5 7.924 0.006 -0.072


Preliminary Results

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