Dr. Karl Remeis-Sternwarte Bamberg

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Most of the Bamberg plates are from projects to search for variable stars.

The most interesting project is most likely the one initiated in the early 1960s by the former director of the Remeis observatory, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Strohmeier. He launched the Bamberg Southern Photographic Patrol Survey (BSPPS, Strohmeier W., 1963, "The Bamberg Search for Bright Variable Stars", Sky and Telescope, Vol. 26, p. 264) at the southern Remeis observatory's outpost located at Boyden, South Africa. Also plates were taken for this project by the Mount John University at the Lake Tekapo observatory, New Zealand, and at the La Plata Astronomical Observatory in Argentina.

On every clear night almost the complete sky was observed, using 22 identical Kodak wide field cameras (d=10cm), in order to get time series of the observed fields.

The project lasted until 1976. In total more than 22,000 photographic plates were taken.

From a scientist's point of view, this project is especially interesting: the Harvard sky patrols in South Africa were stopped in the late 1950s early 1960s, the European Southern observatory did not start their observations before 1966, and also no other sky patrols for the southern hemisphere have been performed at other stations by this time. Therefore, all southern data from this time are solely from the BSPPS.