In this tutorial we will learn to plot a light curve in Peranso by importing observations from the ASAS-SN database1

We will select all ASAS-SN observations of the eclipsing variable star GSC 04433-00065. This variable star was detected by Sebastian Otero in 2020. It has a magnitude range from V=11.74 - 12.30 and a period of 26.35150 d. It is a very eccentric EA Algol-type eclipsing binary. In Tutorial 8 we determine the orbital period of this variable.

This tutorial requires an active internet connection. Importing ASAS-SN observations in Peranso involves two steps:

    • Downloading the ASAS-SN observations in a CSV (Comma Separated Values) file
    • Import of the CSV file in Peranso

Downloading the ASAS-SN observations in a CSV file

Use your internet browser to visit the ASAS-SN website at At the top of the page, you see a series of tabs. Select Sky Patrol.

You first have to enter the Right Ascension and Declination (J2000.0) coordinates of the object. GSC 04433-00065 is located at (J2000.0) RA = 18h17m17.98s and Decl = +71°08'48.0". Enter these values, replacing the symbols (e.g., h, m, s) with spaces. The number of days to go back has a default value of 20 days, meaning your light curve will be limited to the ASAS-SN observations of the past 20 days. In this tutorial, we want to retrieve all known ASAS-SN observations of GSC 04433-00065, and therefore enter a value of  4000 days. Mark the appropriate box to inform ASAS-SN that you are not a robot. Then press the Compute button.

A new ASAS-SN webpage comes up explaining that the computation of light curves is a very expensive operation. It offers you two options: (a) to re-compute the light curve of GSC 04433-00065 from scratch or (b) to open a precomputed V-band light curve of this object. Both options will allow you to export the observations to a CSV file, but the format of this file will be different following the option you selected.

  • Exporting a re-computed light curve

Press the green Re-compute This Light Curve button. This displays a webpage to inform you about the status of the re-computation. When done, a new webpage is shown including the ASAS-SN light curve of the variable. Scroll to the Export Data section and press the CSV button. This will download the light curve to the Downloads folder of your PC.

  • Exporting a precomputed light curve

Above the blue Open Precomputed Light Curve(s) in Photometry DB button is a row with values ID, Right Ascension, Declination, etc. Click on the blue link below ID . This displays a new webpage that eventually shows the ASAS-SN V-band light curve of this object. Below it is a section Export Data, which includes a CSV button. Press the CSV button. This will download the light curve to the Downloads folder of your PC.

Import of the CSV file in Peranso

  1. Select Open in the File menu (or click  in the main Toolbar) to display the File Open box. Navigate to the Downloads folder of your PC where you have just stored the ASAS-SN CSV file. If you don't see the file in the file selector, make sure that the file type selector in the lower right corner of the file selector either shows All files (*.*) or ASASSN (*.csv). Select that file and click the Open button.  In this tutorial, we already included an example ASAS text file, which you will find in the Tutorials 12 folder. Open the file light_curve_23e1851a-0ffa-4f67-84a8-998d7d43d0cf.csv.

  1. This loads the contents of the file and creates an Observations Window (ObsWin) with as caption the CSV file name. ASAS-SN observations of precomputed light curves are V band only, while recomputed light curves contain V and g band observations. Peranso groups all V observations in one Observation Set, and all g observations in another Observation Set. Your ObsWin hence contains maximally two Observation Sets. 

  2. You can now save the Observations Window by selecting Save from the File menu. You can then directly open the Observations Window later on, without having to download the observations from the ASAS-SN website. We will use this Observations Window in Tutorial 8 Determining the orbital period of eclipsing binaries.

(1) We acknowledge with thanks the ASAS-SN team for making their light curves available on the Internet. See Shappee et al. (2014) and Kochanek et al. (2017)