KELT-FUN: The KELT Follow-Up Network

Note: With the end of the transit search phase of the KELT project, the KFUN operation is going into hiatus.  We will post more information here once new plans for the network are developed.

We use the KELT telescopes to gather light curves of stars all over the sky to search for transiting planets.  However, identifying a transit candidate in a light curve is only the start of the discovery process.  There is then an extensive procedure to verify that the signal in the KELT data is real, and that it is also due to a transiting planet.  That process uses a series of additional observations by other telescopes.   Those telescopes, while larger than the KELT telescopes, are still relatively small, ranging from 10 inches to 1 meter in diameter.  They observe the KELT transit candidates, obtaining targeted, precise light curves that verify the properties of the potential planets.  One of the nice aspects of that process is that these observations can often be conducted by amateur astronomers, or by small observatories at colleges located in places where many kinds of astronomical observations are impractical.  However, follow-up of KELT candidates is one kind of scientific research that can be done with a modest-sized telescope in a region with bad weather, light pollution, and poor-quality seeing.  That is because measuring light curves does not require the perfect sky quality needs for observations of distant or faint galaxies.

We have assembled a voluntary network of observers all over the world to follow-up the KELT transit candidates, in an organization called KFUN, the KELT Follow-Up Network.  We have dozens of colleges, high schools, and amateur astronomers that observe KELT transit candidates, and KELT to confirm them as planets or identify them as false positives.  KFUN members are located all over the world, as shown in the embedded map below.  many of them are in the continental US, but was have partners in Europe, the Middle East, South America, Australia and New Zealand, and Asia.  For more information about the members of KFUN and the nature of their observations, see the paper "The KELT Follow-up Network and Transit False-positive Catalog: Pre-vetted False Positives for TESS" (arxiv link, journal link)

New members of the KELT Follow-Up Network should visit our orientation page.

Institution / ObservatoryTeam MembersLocation
Australian National UniversityGeorge Zhou, Joao Da Silva Bento, Michael IrelandSiding Spring Observatory, Australia
Perth Exoplanet Survey Telescope (PEST)TG TanPerth, Australia
Ivan Curtis Observatory (ICO)Ivan CurtisAdelaide, Australia
Shaw ObservatoryNeil ShawPerth, Australia
Mt. Kent ObservatoryJohn KielkopfQueensland, Australia
Ellinbank ObservatoryPeter NelsonVictoria, Australia
Harlingten San Pedro Petri KehusmaaSan Pedro de Atacama, Chile
Harlingten Observatory, SpainTony AngelGranada, Spain
Hankasalmi ObservatoryArto OksanenFinland
Swarthmore College, Peter van de Kamp ObservatoryEric Jensen, David CohenSwarthmore, PA
Westminster College, Westminster College ObservatoryTom OberstNew Wilmington, PA
Crow ObservatoryJoao GregorioPortalegre, Portugal
Wellesley College, Whitin ObservatoryKim McLeodWellesley, MA
University of Wyoming, Red Buttes ObservatoryHannah Jang-CondellLaramie, Wyoming
MBA ObservatoryMark MannerMcMinnville, TN
Fred Lawrence
Whipple Observatory - KeplerCam and TRES
David Latham, Allyson BierylaMt. Hopkins, AZ
University of Louisville, Moore ObservatoryKaren Collins, John KielkopfLouisville, KY
George Mason University, GMU ObservatoryPeter PlavchanFairfax, VA
Bringham Young University, Pratt Observatory and West Mountain ObservatoryMichael Joner, Denise StephensProvo, Utah
Kutztown University, Kutztown ObservatoryPhillip ReedKutztown, PA
Canis Major ObservatoryRoberto ZambelliSarzana, Italy
University of Salerno, Salerno University ObservatoryValerio BozzaFisciano Salerno, Italy
Okayama Astrophysical Observatory Norio Narita, Akihiko FukuiOkayama, Japan
Myers T50Gordon MyersSiding Spring, Australia
Wingaersheek ObservatoryMario MottaGloucester, MA
University of Canterbury, Mt. John ObservatoryMichael AlbrowLake Tekapo, New Zealand
Hazelwood ObservatoryChris StockdaleChurchill, Victoria, Australia
Ankara University, Ankara University Kreiken Observatory (AUKR)Ozgur BasturkAnkara, Turkey
University of Colorado - Boulder, CU Sommers-Bausch ObservatoryErica EllingsonBoulder, Colorado
Mt. Lemon / Steward ULMT
Karen Collins, John Kielkopf, Mark Manner
Mt. Lemon, AZ
Conti Private ObservatoryDennis Conti Annapolis, MD
Amateur Astronomers Incorporated - William Miller Sperry ObservatoryJim NordhausenCranford, NJ
Phillips Andover Academy, Phillips Academy ObservatoryCaroline OddenAndover, MA
Acton Sky PortalPaul BenniActon, MA
Star View Hill ObservatoryEmily Mailhot, Alan Midkiff
University of Maryland, UMD ObservatoryElizabeth WarnerCollege Park, MD
Las Campanas Remote ObservatoryMichael LongLas Campanas
Grinnell College, Grant O. Gale ObservatoryEliza KemptonGrinnell, Iowa
Ohio State University, DEMONEXT TelescopeSteven VillanuevaSonoita, Arizona
Rarotonga ObservatoryPhil EvansCook Islands
El Sauce ObservatoryPhil EvansLa Serena Chile
Pukekohe ObservatorySimon LowtherPukekohe, Aukland, NZ
Mt Stuart ObservatoryGeof WinghamWaitahuna Gully, New Zealand
Parkdale ObservatoryStuart ParkerOxford, New Zealand
Austin College, Adams ObservatoryDavid BakerSherman, Texas
Vassar College, Class of 1951 ObservatoryColette SalykPoughkeepsie, NY
Michigan State University, Michigan State Campus ObservatoryLaura ChomiukLansing, Michigan
Ypres Observatory, NMPT public observatory astrolab IRISSiegfried VanaverbekeYpres, Belgium
Patashnick Voorheesville ObservatoryHarvey Patashnick, Richard SchwarzVoorheesville, NY
SDAA Terry Arnold Remote Observatory (TARO), Boyce Research Initiatives and Education Foundation (BRIEF)Scott DixonTierra Del Sol, CA
Marman ObservatoryCliff KotnikPike's Peak, CO
Stacja Obserwacji Tranzytów Egzoplanet w Suwałkach (SOTES)Gabriel MurawskiSuwalki, Poland
Scorpius ObservatoryJay GoguenPasadena, CA
Anunaki ObservatoryDavid MolinaManzenares el Real, Spain
International Occultation Timing Association - Middle East (IOTA/ME), ISA (Iran Space Agency) ObservatoryAtila PoroKaraj, Iran
University of Pittsburgh, Keeler Telescope at the Allegheny ObservatoryHelena RichiePittsburgh, PA
Research Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics of Maragha, RIAAM ObservatoryRahim HeidarniaMaragha, Iran
Truman State University, Truman State University ObservatoryVayujeet GokhaleKirksville, MO
US Air Force Academy, USAFA ObservatoryDevin Della-RoseColorado Springs, CO
The University of Southern Queensland - Center for AstrophysicsRhodes Hart, Bradley Carter, Ian WaiteQueensland, Australia
The University of Southern Queensland and The University of Louisville - Minerva Australis
Rob Wittenmyer, Duncan Wright, John KielkopfQueensland, Australia
Laboratório Nacional de Astrofísica (LNA) / Pico dos Dias Observatory (OPD)Eder MartioliItajubá, Brazil
Mt. Airy Observatory
Chuck Cynamon
Mt. Airy, MD


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