The Qatar Exoplanet Survey

Khalid Al-Subai, N. R. Parley, D. M. Bramich, K. Horne, A. Collier Cameron, R. G. West, P. M. Sorensen, D. Pollacco, J. C. Smith, O. Fors

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The Qatar Exoplanet Survey (QES) is discovering hot Jupiters and aims to discover hot Saturns and hot Neptunes that transit in front of relatively bright host stars. QES currently operates a robotic wide-angle camera system to identify promising transiting exoplanet candidates among which are the confirmed exoplanets Qatar 1b and 2b. This paper describes the first generation QES instrument, observing strategy, data reduction techniques, and follow-up procedures. The QES cameras in New Mexico complement the SuperWASP cameras in the Canary Islands and South Africa, and we have developed tools to enable the QES images and light curves to be archived and analysed using the same methods developed for the SuperWASP datasets. With its larger aperture, finer pixel scale, and comparable field of view, and with plans to deploy similar systems at two further sites, the QES, in collaboration with SuperWASP, should help to speed the discovery of smaller radius planets transiting bright stars in northern skies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)465-480
Number of pages16
JournalActa Astronomica
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2013



  • Instrumentation: phometers
  • Planetary systems
  • Surveys

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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Al-Subai, K., Parley, N. R., Bramich, D. M., Horne, K., Collier Cameron, A., West, R. G., Sorensen, P. M., Pollacco, D., Smith, J. C., & Fors, O. (2013). The Qatar Exoplanet Survey. Acta Astronomica, 63(4), 465-480.