By Zdenek Kopal, Jürgen H. Rahe
In past times years, a couple of foreign astronomical meetings have been held on the Remeis-Observatory in Bamberg, 4 of them backed by way of the foreign Astronomical Union. the 1st assembly used to be prepared in 1959 and handled Variable Stars, the final one used to be held in 1981 and focussed on 'Binary and a number of Stars as Tracers of Stellar Evolution'. the current convention used to be geared up to commemorate the two hundredth anniversary of the beginning of Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel, who was once born in Minden on July 22, 1784, and died in Konigsberg on March 17, 1846. whilst the plan for a global convention on astrometric binaries used to be offered to numerous colleagues, we acquired enthusiastic help and made up our minds to pursue the belief. a systematic Organizing Committee used to be quickly confirmed, which include: Z. Kopal Manchester, u.K. S. M. Gong Nanjing, China (Chairman) M. Grewing Tiibingen, F.R.G. V. Abalakin Pulkovo, U.S.S.R. P. v. d. Kamp Amsterdam, Netherlands J. Dommanget Uccle, Belgium M. Kitamura Tokyo, Japan M. G. Fracastoro Torino, Italy J. Rahe Bamberg, F.R.G. W. Fricke Heidelberg, F.R.G. Ya. Yatskiv Kiev, U.S.S.R. E. H. Geyer Bonn, F.R.G. The assembly came about in Bamberg on the Remeis-Observatory, Astronomical Institute of the college Erlangen-Nurnberg, from June l3 to fifteen, 1984. the next associations generously supported the assembly: Deutsche Forschungs gemeinschaft, Bonn; Stadt Bamberg; Universitat Bamberg; Universitat Erlangen Nurnberg; college of Manchester.
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The underlined figures refer to the second and fourth quadrants; the other to the first and third ones. HIPPARCOS ASTROMETRIC BINARIES 59 acceptable values of 9 will immediately appear as belonging to a sequence of perfectly well distributed points on a curve which is the one we are looking for (Figure 7). But, the Hipparcos scanning directions are not at random as can be seen in Figure 8 giving the distribution of the values of cp as a function of time, for three different typical star positions*.
The limits of 1 and 25-50 yr appear clearly. The last one increased slowly from 25 to 50 yr in nearly half a century with the regular increase of the observational material. One also can see from this figure that finally the apparent separation will generally not exceed slightly more than 1" to 2" and that the field of the astrometric technique for close pairs finally corresponds to perturbations between 0':01 and 0':3. (b) What can now be said about 'possible' Hipparcos astrometric binaries? observations, the consideration of the photocenter is fundamental only when the component separation is less than a few tenths of one arcsecond.
One consequently must remember that a greater uncertainty of some ± 0': 005 to ± 0': 010 on the positions of the photocenter of a stellar image for each individual scan must be considered and that perturbations of less than these values will thus probably be impossible to detect. Table II summarizes the main features of the present discussion. 5 yr observations, especially when one remembers what a binary measurement by Hipparcos means. Thus, it seems that Table II gives good limits to the field in which new pairs may be discovered by photocentric perturbations during the Hipparcos mission.
Astrometric Binaries: An International Conference to Commemorate the Birth of Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel (1784–1846) by Zdenek Kopal, Jürgen H. Rahe