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Increase in optical brightness of blazar PKS 0208-512

ATEL # 1751; M. Buxton, C. Bailyn, P. Coppi, A. Kaptur, J. Isler, M. Urry (Yale Univ.), L. Maraschi (INAF Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera) and G. Fossati (Rice Univ.)
on 1 Oct 2008; 16:39 UT
Password Certification: Michelle Buxton (

Subjects: Infra-Red, Optical, Gamma Ray, AGN, Quasars
Referred to by ATEL #: 1759

We are conducting a long-term monitoring campaign of the optical and near-IR brightness of gamma-ray bright blazars using the SMARTS 1.3m telescope and ANDICAM instrument. We report on a significant brightening in optical bands of the blazar PKS 0208-512. From UT 11 September to UT 30 September we have observed an increase in B-band of 1.3 mag and in R-band of 1.4 mag. We continue to monitor this and other gamma-ray bright blazars on a near-daily basis. Our results are publicly available, and can be found at Note that parts of the site are still under construction.

SMARTS observations of GLAST LAT blazars

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