V2368 Oph: An eclipsing and double-lined spectroscopic binary used as a photometric comparison star for U Oph Based on new spectral and photometric observations from the following observatories: Dominion Astrophysical Observatory, Hvar, Ondřejov, San Pedro Mártir, Tubitak National Observatory, and ASAS service Tables 2, 3, and 4 are available only in electronic form at the CDS via anonymous ftp to cdarc.u-strasbg.fr ( or via http://cdsweb.u-strasbg.fr/cgi-bin/qcat?J/A+A/

V2368 Oph: An eclipsing and double-lined spectroscopic binary used as a photometric comparison star for U Oph thanks: Based on new spectral and photometric observations from the following observatories: Dominion Astrophysical Observatory, Hvar, Ondřejov, San Pedro Mártir, Tubitak National Observatory, and ASAS service thanks: Tables 2, 3, and 4 are available only in electronic form at the CDS via anonymous ftp to cdarc.u-strasbg.fr ( or via http://cdsweb.u-strasbg.fr/cgi-bin/qcat?J/A+A/

P. Harmanec Astronomical Institute of the Charles University, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics,
V Holešovičkách 2, CZ-180 00 Praha 8, Czech Republic
   H. Božić Hvar Observatory, Faculty of Geodesy, University of Zagreb, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia    P. Mayer Astronomical Institute of the Charles University, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics,
V Holešovičkách 2, CZ-180 00 Praha 8, Czech Republic
   P. Eenens Departamento de Astronomia, Universidad de Guanajuato, Apartado 144, 36000 Guanajuato, GTO, Mexico    M. Brož Astronomical Institute of the Charles University, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics,
V Holešovičkách 2, CZ-180 00 Praha 8, Czech Republic
   M. Wolf Astronomical Institute of the Charles University, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics,
V Holešovičkách 2, CZ-180 00 Praha 8, Czech Republic
   S. Yang Physics & Astronomy Department, University of Victoria, PO Box 3055 STN CSC, Victoria, BC, V8W 3P6, Canada    M. Šlechta Astronomical Institute, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, CZ-251 65 Ondřejov, Czech Republic    D. Ruždjak Hvar Observatory, Faculty of Geodesy, University of Zagreb, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia    D. Sudar Hvar Observatory, Faculty of Geodesy, University of Zagreb, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia    H. Ak Department of Astronomy and Space Sciences, Faculty of Sciences, Erciyes University, 38039 Kayseri, Turkey :
Release July 6, 2019
Key Words.:
stars: early-type – stars: binaries – stars: A – stars: individual: V2368 Oph , U Oph
offprints: Petr Harmanec

The A-type star HR 6412 = V2368 Oph was used by several investigators as a photometric comparison star for the known eclipsing binary U Oph but was found to be variable by three independent groups, including us. By analysing series of new spectral and photometric observations and a critical compilation of available radial velocities, we were able to find the correct period of light and radial-velocity variations and demonstrate that the object is an eclipsing and double-lined spectroscopic binary moving in a highly eccentric orbit. We derived a linear ephemeris HJD (2454294.670.01) + (3832712000004) and estimated preliminary basic physical properties of the binary. The dereddened  magnitudes and effective temperatures of the primary and secondary, based on our light- and velocity-curve solutions, led to distance estimates that agree with the Hipparcos distance within the errors. We find that the mass ratio must be close to one, but the limited number and wavelength range of our current spectra does not allow a truly precise determination of the binary masses. Nevertheless, our results show convincingly that both binary components are evolved away from the main sequence, which makes this system astrophysically very important. There are only a few similarly evolved A-type stars among known eclipsing binaries. Future systematic observations and careful analyses can provide very stringent tests for the stellar evolutionary theory.

1 Introduction

HR 6412 = HD 156208 has often been used as the photometric comparison star for a well-known eclipsing binary U Oph, which exhibits apsidal motion (Huffer & Kopal 1951; Koch & Koegler 1977; Wolf et al. 2002; Vaz et al. 2007). McAlister et al. (1987) reported that HR 6412 is a speckle-interferometric binary with a separation of 0136 and estimated the orbital period to 72 years. However, McAlister et al. (1993) could not resolve this pair and concluded that the original detection had been spurious.

In Table 1, we summarize the various determinations of the yellow magnitude of V2368 Oph published by several authors. It seems to indicate that no secular variations in its brightness have been recorded, since the scatter of values of a few hundredths of a magnitude is quite normal for yellow magnitudes recorded in different photometric systems.

  Mag. Source Photometric system
617 Eggen (1955) system
619 Stokes (1972)  and
616 Becker et al. (1975) Cousins’ values
6178 Grønbech & Olsen (1976) ; 1965 – 1970
6177 Sowell & Wilson (1993) ; Nov. 1988 & Apr. 1991
618 van Gent (1982) ; 1970
Table 1: Published yellow magnitudes of V2368 Oph.

During our 2001 observations of U Oph at San Pedro Mártir Observatory (SPM hereafter), HR 6412 was also used as the comparison star. We noticed large changes in this comparison on JD 2452071.71–1.85. Upon a literature search, we found that the variability of HR 6412 has been discovered by Perryman & ESA (1997), who classified it as an eclipsing binary with a period of 770. Kazarovets et al. (1999) then assigned it the variable-star name V2368 Oph. The variability has also been confirmed by Vaz et al. (2007), who mention that the period found by Perryman & ESA (1997) was incorrect but give no other details.

The main goal of this study is to publish the first correct and accurate linear ephemeris of V2368 Oph, which can be used to correct earlier photometric observations of U Oph. We also derive preliminary orbital and light-curve solutions and show that they can lead to self-consistent basic physical properties of the binary. However, considering the limited amount and heterogeneity of our observational material, we do not aim to determine the final, accurate physical elements of the system.

2 Observational material used

2.1 Photometry

After realising that V2368 Oph is a variable star, we started systematic  observations of it at Hvar and SPM observatories. A limited set of  observations was also obtained by HA at the Turkish National Observatory. Besides, we compiled the Hipparcos  observations and photometry from the ASAS project (Pojmanski 2002). Details on data sets and their reduction are in Appendix A, and all individual  and observations with their HJDs are provided in Table 2 (electronic only).

Figure 1: One complete Ondřejov red spectrum of V2368 Oph, taken on HJD 2454357.2917, which shows that the only stronger lines, suitable for the RV measurements, are H and the Si II 6347 and 6371 . The spectrum contains many water vapour and oxygen telluric lines and the interstellar line at 6613.56 .
Figure 2: The H and Si II 6347 and 6371 A line profiles from the Ondřejov spectrum taken near one periastron passage on HJD 2454636.4608. One can clearly see the lines of both binary components, separated by more than 200 km s in their radial velocity.

2.2 Spectroscopy

Simultaneously with photometric observations, we also begun to collect electronic spectra in Ondřejov, San Pedro Mártir, and Dominion Astrophysical Observatory (OND, SPM, and DAO hereafter). A detailed discussion of all spectra, their reduction, and a journal of observations can be found in Appendix B.

Here, we only want to add a few comments relevant to further analyses. The only spectral region that is available in the spectra from all three observatories is the red region containing only three strong enough spectral lines suitable for the RV measurements: the Balmer H line and the doublet of Si II 6347 and 6371 A lines (see Figs. 1 and 2). The SPM spectra also cover the region of Mg II 4481  line, in which both components are clearly seen, so this line was also found suitable for the RV measurements. The RV measurements were carried out in three different ways. (1) We used the program SPEFO (Horn et al. 1996; Škoda 1996), which permits the RV measurements via sliding direct and flipped line profiles on the computer screen until a perfect match is obtained. (2) We fitted the observed line profiles by two Gaussians shifted in their positions in such a way as to obtain the best match of the observed, often blended line profiles of the primary and secondary. (3) We verified our RV values by an automated fitting of a combination of two synthetic spectra — selected from the Ondřejov library of synthetic spectra, prepared and freely distributed by Dr. J. Kubát — to each of the observed spectra using a simplex algorithm. The (defined in Brož et al. 2010) was calculated for the entire red spectrum in the wavelength range , which includes all the individual lines analysed previously.

The second method is preferred as it returns the most likely velocity amplitudes. The results of the third method are statistically compatible. The first method (SPEFO RV measurements) usually underestimates the true semi-amplitudes of the orbital motion, because of the line blending, especially for the steep wings of H. We, therefore, used the SPEFO  H RVs only for the initial search of the orbital period, to combine them with older published RVs, measured in a standard way from the photographic spectra.

For all red spectra, we followed the procedure outlined in Horn et al. (1996) and measured RVs of a selection of unblended telluric lines in SPEFO. We then used the difference between the calculated heliocentric RV correction and the true mean RV of telluric lines to correct the zero point of the RV scale individually for each spectrogram. Regrettably, these corrections were less reliable for the majority of the red SPM spectra, which only contain very weak telluric lines owing to the high altitude of that observatory. No such corrections were possible for the blue SPM spectra in the absence of telluric lines, of course.

Individual H, Si II, and Mg II RVs, measured in a standard way in SPEFO and via Gaussian fits to line profiles with their HJDs of mid-exposures are in (electronic only) Table 3. The rectified and wavelength-calibrated spectra are in (also electronic) Table 4.

Figure 3: The radial-velocity curve of the primary component of V2368 Oph based on H RVs measured in SPEFO for our OND, DAO, and SPM spectra (filled circles) and published RVs (open circles) for the period of 383307 from the FOTEL orbital solution with phase zero at periastron passage. See the text for details.

3 Preliminary analysis and search for a correct orbital period

As our observations progressed, it soon became obvious that the orbital period must be much longer than the 770 period reported by Perryman & ESA (1997) and that the orbit had to have a high eccentricity, since we were observing a constant brightness and only small RV changes. When we finally succeeded in observing a decline into the minimum on the night JD 2454294.35-4.54, we were able to combine it with earlier minima recorded by Hipparcos, ASAS, and our discovery observation at SPM and to obtain the first guess that the period should be close to 38 days. Continuing spectroscopic observations then allowed us to cover parts of two periastron passages on JD 2454366-67, and JD 2454636 and an iterative analyses of the RV and light curves allowed us to estimate the value of the orbital period to 3833.

There are two limited sets of earlier RV measurements. Christie (1925) published five RVs covering the interval JD 2423233.8–995.8, and Palmer et al. (1968) published another five RVs from low-dispersion spectra covering JD 2437441.6-740.7. We combined these RVs with our own RV measurements in the program SPEFO (Horn et al. 1996; Škoda 1996) for the H line and used the FOTEL program (Hadrava 1990, 2004a) to derive preliminary orbital elements and a more accurate value of the period. We obtained , HJD, HJD 54294.417, , ,  km s, , and , the rms errors of the model fit to the data per 1 observation being 10.3, and 4.1 km s for the old and new RVs.

Figure 4: The final radial-velocity curves of both binary components of V2368 Oph based on Gaussian fits (circles) and the theoretical RV curves based on our PHOEBE solution (lines). The lower panel shows the  residua from the solution. Typical observational uncertainties are 10 km s. Orbital phases from ephemeris(2) are used.
Figure 5: The observed -band light curve compared to the theoretical one, based on our PHOEBE solution. The lower panels show a zoom of the curves in the neighbourhood of both binary eclipses and the  residua from the model fit. Typical 1- observational uncertainties are 001. Orbital phases from ephemeris (2) are used.
   N H N Source
0167 0090 1195 5 2.850 4 Crawford et al. (1972)
619 0177 0095 1216 3 2.860 3 Stokes (1972)
6178(1) 0161(2) 0095(2) 1204(2) 2 Grønbech & Olsen (1976)
2.870(2) 3 Gronbech et al. (1977)
6177(5) 0189(2) 0072(5) 1203(5) 3 Sowell & Wilson (1993)
Table 5: Published  and H observations of V2368 Oph.
Element Primary Binary Secondary Primary Binary Secondary
(d) 38.327115(43) 38.327118(43)
(RJD) 54291.039(11) 54291.042(11)
(RJD) 54294.670(17) 54294.668(17)
(RJD) 54287.498(17) 54287.495(17)
0.51527(14) 0.51524(14)
359.33(20) 359.41(20)
86.165(22) 86.139(22)
0.0473 0.0460 0.0477 0.0464
23.29(11) 24.75(12) 23.05(11) 23.71(11)
83.67(67) 83.70(68)
(km s) 65.7(8) 62.9(9) 64.3(6) 64.3(6)
1.044(15) 1.0 fixed
(K) 9300 fixed 9500(200) 9300 fixed 9500(200)
() 2.62(2) 2.74(7) 2.68(8) 2.68(8)
() 3.96(2) 3.84(2) 3.99(3) 3.87(2)
g [cgs] 3.66(1) 3.71(1) 3.66(3) 3.69(3)
band 0.5029(30) 0.4971 0.5024(30) 0.4976
band 0.5004(32) 0.4996 0.4995(32) 0.5005
band 0.4942(37) 0.5058 0.4927(38) 0.5073
(mag.) 6.913(16) 6.167(11) 6.926(16) 6.913(16) 6.166(11) 6.924(16)
(mag.) 7.137(17) 6.386(11) 7.139(17) 7.139(17) 6.385(11) 7.137(17)
(mag.) 7.363(20) 6.598(13) 7.338(20) 7.367(20) 6.599(13) 7.335(20)
(mag.) 6.26(8) 6.29(8) 6.26(8) 6.29(8)
(mag.) 0.021(11) 0.014(11) 0.021(11) 0.014(11)
(mag.) 0.077(15) 0.054(15) 0.078(15) 0.053(15)
No. of obs.  / RV 1913 / 268 1913 /268
1726 1730
111Columns 2–4 contain a solution based on the free convergence; columns 5–7 contain the solution for the fixed mass ratio of 1. All epochs are in . Probable elements and their formal error estimates are provided, where is the value of the Roche-model potential used in the WD program, and () are the relative luminosities of the components in individual photometric passbands. They are normalized so that . The number of observations represents the sum of RVs of the primary and secondary and a sum of individual observations in all passbands.
Table 6: The final combined light-curve and RV-curve solutions obtained with PHOEBE.

Since the narrow and steep photometric eclipses are very sensitive to the phase shifts, we used an interactive computer program (written by HB), which allows the user to display the phase diagrams based on the observed data in the neighbourhood of the eclipses for various smoothly varied values of the orbital period. This way we found that the true orbital period must be very close to the value of 383272.

4 Towards basic physical properties of the binary

To obtain self-consistent physical properties of the components and the binary system, we had to proceed in an iterative way. We selected several stronger lines seen in both binary components and derived their RVs via Gaussian fits to line profiles. In particular, we used the Si II 6347&6371 A and H lines, available in all spectra, and Mg II 4481 A, measurable in the SPM spectra. For H, the Gaussian profiles were not optimal so we tentatively disentangled the H profiles, using the KOREL program (Hadrava 1995, 1997, 2004b, 2005) and used the disentangled profiles instead of Gaussians.222It would seem logical to derive the orbital solution directly with KOREL. However, due to heterogeneity of the available spectra, their different spectral resolutions and relatively limited number, this procedure was not satisfactory in the given case.

We alternatively used the programs PHOEBE (Prša & Zwitter 2005, 2006) based on the Wilson & Devinney (1971) program, and FOTEL, already used in the first step, to derive preliminary values of some critical parameters. To obtain the best possible estimate of the RV semi-amplitudes, we allowed for individual systemic velocities for each of the ions used. In particular, we found the systemic velocities of 2.970.55, 0.140.54, and 9.96.0 for Si II, Mg II, and H, respectively. The differences between these values are probably insignificant considering their errors and the inability to check the zero point of the RV scale for the blue spectra via measurements of the telluric lines. Since PHOEBE can treat only one joint systemic velocity, we subtracted the values of respective systemic velocities from the observed RVs and used these shifted RVs from all three ions as one dataset for the primary and another one for the secondary in PHOEBE. We then naturally kept the systemic velocity fixed at zero in PHOEBE solutions.

In the latest (development) version of PHOEBE that we are using, the convergence is governed by minimization of a cost function defined in the case of our datasets as


where index denotes the individual photometric passbands, their standard deviations per 1 observation, is the number of individual observations for -th passband, are standard weights of individual observations, and and the observed and calculated fluxes, respectively. The value of the function is tabulated along with the solutions.

Although it should be possible to derive the effective temperatures of both binary components from calibrated  photometry (Prša & Zwitter 2006; Wilson 2008), the propagation of errors often leads to unreliable results. For that reason we restricted ourselves to the standard approach of estimating the effective temperature of the primary from the dereddened colours and observed spectra, then keeping its value fixed in the solutions.

There are four sets of  observations and three sets of H photometry of V2368 Oph – see Table 5. Using the program UVBYBETA written by T.T. Moon and modified by R. Napiwotzki, which is based on a calibration devised by Moon & Dworetsky (1985), we found that those sets of Strömgren photometry imply a mean effective temperature of the binary between 8900 K, and 9400 K and a mean log  between 3.50 and 3.61.

Since both stars are detached well even near periastron, the light-curve solution basically does not depend on the exact value of the mass ratio. Considering this, a preliminary PHOEBE solution was used to derive relative luminosities of both components,  magnitudes of the binary at maximum light from the  observations transformed to the standard system and from them the  magnitudes of the primary and secondary in each passband. These were then dereddened in a standard way, assuming ). The dereddened magnitudes and indices confirmed the spectral type of A2 for the primary. Using Flower (1996) calibration of () indices vs. bolometric corrections and , we estimated the effective temperature of the primary to (9300200) K. Keeping the value of 9300 K fixed, we derived a freely converged PHOEBE  solution, which is presented in detail in Table 6. The rms errors of all converged parameters in PHOEBE are derived from a covariance matrix. For other, deduced parameters, we propagated the errors to obtain the estimates given in the Table. Since a realistic error of the effective temperature of the primary is about  K, this must imply that the formal error of the effective temperature of the secondary, estimated from a covariance matrix in PHOEBE, is too low and must also be about  K.

It is clear at first sight that this solution is not satisfactory since it leads to a model in which the more massive component is the less evolved of the two. We believe that the problem lies in the limited quality of our radial velocities. As a matter of fact, the solutions for RVs of individual ions oscillated between 0.95 and 1.05 in the resulting mass ratio. At the same time, since both binary components are well detached, the light curve solution is stable and basically does not depend on the mass ratio. Therefore, we derived another PHOEBE solution, this time with the mass ratio fixed to 1.0. This solution is also provided in the last three columns of Table 6 and we take it as the reference solution for the following discussion. The corresponding RV curves and the light curve in the band are shown in Figs. 4, and 5, respectively. It is seen that there is little difference in all parameters, which do not depend on the mass ratio between the two solutions. For completeness, we also derived another solution for the mass ratio of 0.95. This led to a slightly worse , but the photometric elements were again very similar to those two shown in Table 6.

The solutions led to the following linear ephemeris, which should enable correction of existing photometric observations of U Oph secured differentially relative to V2368 Oph:


It is encouraging to note that a separate dereddening of the  magnitudes of the primary and secondary led invariably to and to distance moduli of 6.46(12), and 6.47(12) for the primary and secondary, respectively. The dereddened values of the secondary indicate a slightly earlier spectral type, in accordance with its higher effective temperature obtained from the PHOEBE solution. We note that derived with the program UVBYBETA from the  values of Table 5 is 015, which agrees well with the derived by us.333Note that .

The parallax of V2368 Oph was obtained by the ESA Hipparcos mission, and its originally published value (Perryman & ESA 1997) is 000554 000086, while an improved value obtained by van Leeuwen (2007a, b) reads as 000455 000048. The distance modulus obtained from our photometric solution implies a parallax of 000506, in excellent agreement with the above values, deduced from the Hipparcos observations.

5 Stellar evolution of the components

Since V2368 Oph is a detached binary with no evidence of mass transfer, one can use a one-dimensional program for stellar evolution to see whether the observed properties of the binary agree with the model prediction. To this end, we used the stellar-evolution module MESAstar by Paxton et al. (2011).

We first calculated the model evolution for the masses and which follow from the free PHOEBE solution with the lowest for the combined photometric and RV data (Table 6, left). We assumed the same metallicities of for both components, of course, the helium abundance and the mixing-length parameter . The result is compared to the observed binary properties in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram, and the vs. radius diagram (Figure 6, left panels). Even though there are uncertainties in temperatures, luminosities and masses of the individual components (refer to Table 6), their differences are established much more accurately; e.g., the difference in temperatures is always present in PHOEBE solutions since this is enforced by the observed light curve and colour indices.

Figure 6: Left panels: A Hertzsprung–Russel diagram (top), and the vs. radius diagram (bottom) showing the stellar evolution of the primary and secondary components of V2368 Oph. It was computed with the MESAstar module, for the masses , and for the metallicity . The evolutionary tracks are plotted by thick lines from ZAMS up to the age . The ranges in temperatures , , luminosities , and radii , inferred from photometry/spectroscopy are denoted by lines (refer to Table 6). There is a strong disagreement between the observations and the stellar evolution, especially for the primary. Right panel: same for the masses , (i.e., the mass ratio very close to one), and a different value of the metallicity . The thick lines are terminated at the age .

There is a clear disagreement between the photometric/spectroscopic observations and the predicted stellar evolution in this case. Since the mass ratio  differs significantly from 1, the calculated luminosities of the components are always very different owing to a strong dependence of the stellar evolution on the mass ( reaches and ), while the observed luminosities are rather similar (). A change in neither metallicity nor in the mixing-length parameter could alter this result since a different value of  would shift both tracks in the same direction, and varying from 1.5 to 2.5 does not alter evolutionary tracks significantly before the red giant branch is reached.

As a second test, we took the mass ratio close to 1, which is still compatible with the photometric/spectroscopic observations from a statistical point of view (Table 6, right). Because the stellar evolution is very sensitive to the stellar mass, we may actually use this approach to constrain the mass ratio of V2368 Oph. The most sensitive indicator seems to be the temperature – there is approximately a 200 K difference between and , which corresponds to a to difference between and , according to our tests. If we use and we also have to decrease the metallicity to , which shifts both the evolutionary tracks towards higher and , in order to match the observed state of V2368 Oph (Figure 6, right panels). Another possibility would be to slightly increase the masses to and and to retain the value. To conclude, it is possible to find a consistent solution for the available photometry and spectroscopy and the stellar evolution, even though the parameters presented above cannot be considered as final, because the total mass of the system is not yet constrained precisely enough.

From the standpoint of stellar evolution, V2368 Oph is a very interesting evolved system with both components leaving the main sequence. It is in a rapid phase of evolution and consequently may serve as a very sensitive test case for the stellar-evolution programmes, provided new, accurate RVs and photometric observations are acquired. Considering the relatively short distance of the binary from us, its interferometry would also be of utmost importance, providing the angular separation of the components and orbital inclination, consequently a much more precise parallax and the total mass of the system. Interferometry can also provide independent constraints on the component radii.

6 A comparison with synthetic spectra and the rotation of the binary components

Figure 7: A comparison of disentangled (solid lines) and synthetic (dotted lines) profiles of the Si II line (left panels) and H line (right) for the primary (top panels) and secondary components (bottom). See the text for details.

As another consistency check, we disentangled the Si II and H line profiles with the help of the KOREL program (Hadrava 1995, 1997, 2004b, 2005), keeping the orbital parameters from the second PHOEBE solution fixed, but using the mass ratio of 0.998 (considering the discussion above). In Fig. 7, the disentangled line profiles, normalized to their individual continua using the relative luminosities derived by PHOEBE, are compared with the synthetic line profiles from the Ondřejov library of synthetic spectra prepared and freely distributed by Dr. J. Kubát — see, e.g. Harmanec et al. (1997a) for details. We used the synthetic spectra for the parameters close to the PHOEBE results, namely = 9500 K and log  = 3.5, rotationally broadened in SPEFO  to 40 km s for the primary and to 90 km s for the secondary. Varying these values for more than  km s would result in a significant disagreement in the depths and widths between the observed and synthetic line profiles.

The agreement between the observed and synthetic spectra is satisfactory, lending some credibility to our result. We warn, however, that the heterogeneity of our material means that there can still be rather large uncertainties in the derived masses, radii, and luminosities. Another study based on rich and homogeneous observational material is therefore desirable.

Taken at face value, the observed projected rotational velocities and the PHOEBE solution would imply the stellar rotational periods of 50 and 22 for the primary and secondary, respectively, while the spin-orbit synchronization in periastron would imply a rotational period of 105. It is notable that in their detailed study of another evolved A-type binary with eccentric orbit,  Tau, Torres et al. (2011) also found the projected rotational velocity for the secondary roughly twice as high as for the primary.

In passing, we wish to mention that it is also possible to make a theoretical prediction of the internal structure constant based on the current evolutionary models of Claret (2004) with the standard chemical composition of : for both binary components. Taking the values of the eccentricity and fractional radii from Table 6 into account, we can predict a very slow apsidal-motion rate of  deg/cycle, which is only 0.27 deg/century. The relativistic contribution to the apsidal motion is substantial:  deg/cycle or about 70% of the total apsidal-advance rate (Gimenez 1985). In other words, there is little chance of detecting a measurable apsidal motion for this binary in the foreseeable future.

We acknowledge the use of the latest version of the PHOEBE  program, developed and freely distributed by Dr. A. Prša; of the latest publicly available versions of programs FOTEL and KOREL written and distributed by Dr. P. Hadrava; of the freely distributed MESAstar module for stellar evolution by Dr. B. Paxton and collaborators; and of the program UVBYBETA written by Dr. T.T. Moon and modified by Dr. R. Napiwotzki. We also profited from the use of the library of synthetic spectra prepared and provided by Dr. J. Kubát. The constructive criticism of an anonymous referee helped us improve the presentation of the results. The research of the Czech authors was supported by the grant 205/06/0304, 205/08/H005, and P209/10/0715 of the Czech Science Foundation and also from the Research Program MSM0021620860 Physical study of objects and processes in the solar system and in astrophysics of the Ministry of Education of the Czech Republic. We acknowledge the use of the electronic database from the CDS Strasbourg and the electronic bibliography maintained by the NASA/ADS system.


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Appendix A Photometry

Station Time interval No. of Passbands HD of comparison     Source
(HJD2400000) obs. / check star
1 54273.4–54977.6 423 154660154895 this paper
30 52065.8–54276.8 152 *) this paper
66 52765.4–52766.6 10 154660154895, 154445 this paper
61 47912.6–49061.9 111 all-sky Perryman & ESA (1997)
93 53055.9–53290.5 47 all-sky Pojmanski (2002)

Individual observing stations are distinguished by running numbers they have in the Prague/Zagreb photometric archives — see column “Station”: 01 … Hvar 0.65-m, Cassegrain reflector, EMI9789QB tube; 30 … San Pedro Mártir, 0.84-m reflector, Cuenta-pulsos photometer; 61 … Hipparcos all-sky photometry transformed to Johnson ; 66 … TNO 0.40-m Cassegrain reflector, SSP5A photometer; 93 … ASAS data archive (Pojmanski 2002).

*) All-sky photometry or differential photometry relative to various comparisons during the first season when V2368 Oph was used as a comparison for observations of U Oph, then relative to HD 154660 — see the text for details.

Table 7: Journal of available photometry of V2368 Oph

Here we provide detailed comments on the photometric observations used in this study and the way we treated them.

  1. Hvar observations were secured in 2007, 2008, and 2009 and reduced and transformed into the standard  system with the HEC22 release 16.1 reduction program via nonlinear transformation formulæ (Harmanec et al. 1994; Harmanec & Horn 1998). This recent version of the program allows modelling of variable extinction during the observing night, which significantly improves the accuracy of the observations. The typical rms errors of the multinight fit to all standard stars used to define the transformation formulæ in a given observating season are 0008 for and , and 0010 for . This is similar for observations from other observing stations reduced with the help of HEC22.

  2. San Pedro Mártir observations were collected during the observational runs in 2001–2003 and 2007. Observations were reduced and transformed into the standard  system with the HEC22 release 14.1 reduction program via nonlinear transformation formulæ (Harmanec et al. 1994; Harmanec & Horn 1998). At that station V2368 Oph was used in 2001 as a recommended comparison star for the eclipsing binary U Oph and its magnitude difference relative to several comparison stars (HD 183324, HD 187458, HD 161132, HD 153808, and HD 144206) was derived. For all these stars, save HD 183324, the magnitudes and colours are well established from the calibrated Hvar all-sky photometry. HD 183324=V1431 Aql was found to be a small-amplitude Bootis variable (Kuschnig et al. 1994). It served for a long time as a comparison star for observations of V923 Aql and V1294 Aql in the Photometry of the Bright Northern Be Star Programme (Harmanec et al. 1982, 1994; Pavlovski et al. 1997; Harmanec et al. 1997b) and its variability on longer time scales is safely excluded by numerous Hvar observations. The mean all-sky  magnitudes of HD 183324 are accurately derived. It was actually used as a comparison for V2368 Oph only on the night JD 2452065, and we feel that its 2 mmag microvariability is not critical for the purpose of this study. For 13 observations secured on JD 2452071 (when we recorded the first eclipse of V2368 Oph), it was not possible to derive the differential values for it so we adopted its all–sky values instead, since enough standard stars had been observed during the night, and the nightly transformation coefficients (extinction and its variations and the zero points) could be derived. As soon as we realized that V2368 Oph is a variable, its subsequent observations in 2002 and 2003 were carried out differentially, relative to HD 154660=HR 6361. This A9V star is a visual binary ADS 10347A with a close companion ADS 10347B at 203, which is some 335 fainter than ADS 10347A. The 2007 observations were obtained with a larger diaphragm so that the light of the visual component ADS 10347B was recorded with the brighter component ADS 10347A = HD 6361. We carried out dedicated observations at Hvar to derive the total magnitude of both visual components and added this value to the magnitude differences var – comp. from this season. In all other instances, observations were carried out in such a way as to keep ADS 10347B outside the diaphragm.

  3. Hipparcos all-sky broad–band magnitudes secured between 1989 and 1993 (Perryman & ESA (1997)) were transformed to the standard Johnson magnitude with the nonlinear transformation formula derived by Harmanec (1998). The rms error of the fit per 1 observations is 00067. For the solutions, the transmission and the limb darkening coefficients for the  passband were considered, however. All data with error flags larger than 1 and one deviating point at HJD 2448661.4682 were omitted.

  4. TNO (Tubitak National Observatory) observations were secured during two consecutive nights in 2003 and were reduced and transformed into the standard  system with the HEC22 release 14.1 reduction program via nonlinear transformation formulæ (Harmanec et al. 1994; Harmanec & Horn 1998).

  5. ASAS magnitude observations were extracted from the public ASAS database (Pojmanski 2002); we used the data from the diaphragm, which gives the smallest rms errors and omitted a few clearly deviating data points.

The journal of all photometric observations is in Table 7. Homogenized  magnitudes of all comparison and check stars used can be found in Table 8.

HD/BD Other ident.    
154660 HR 6361 6.357 0.211 0.103
3292B ADS 10347B 9.71 0.66 0.15
ADS 10347AB 6.308 0.227 0.094
154895 HR 6367 6.058 0.075 0.028
183324  Aql 5.801 0.086 0.067
187458 HR 7550 6.660 0.426
162132 HR 6641 6.494 0.085 0.075
153808 Her 3.916
144206 Her 4.739

Magnitude and colours of ADS 10347AB are values resulting from co-added flux of HR 6361 and BD 3292B measured simultaneously though a larger diaphragm in the photometer.

Table 8: Comparisons and check stars of V2368 Oph

Appendix B Spectroscopy

Spg. Time interval No. of         Station, telescope
no. (HJD2400000) spectra         and instrument
A 54266.4–54638.4 11 OND 2.0-m, grating spg.
B 54339.7–55102.6 19 DAO 1.22-m, grating spg.
C 52745.8–52749.0 21 SPM 2.1-m, echelle spg.
D 54193.9–54200.0 21 SPM 2.1-m, echelle spg.
E 54250.8–54253.0 12 SPM 2.1-m, echelle spg.
Table 9: Journal of spectroscopic data of V2368 Oph

The journal of all spectroscopic observations can be found in Table 9. The individual data files are identified there by letters. Below, we provide a few comments on them.

  • File A CCD spectra of V2368 Oph covering the wavelength region 6260–6750 A. They were secured with a SITe-005 CCD detector attached to the medium 0.7-m camera of the coudé focus of the Ondřejov 2.0 m telescope (OND). The spectra were obtained between June 2007 and June 2008 and have a linear dispersion of 17.2 A mm(red) and a 2-pixel resolving power of about 12600 (11-12 km s per pixel). Their ranges from 50 (1 spectrum) to 370, and the majority have over 200.

  • File B CCD spectra covering the wavelength region 6150–6750 A with a resolution of 6.6 km s per pixel. They were obtained at the DAO 1.22-m telescope between August 2007 and September 2009 and have a reciprocal linear dispersion of 10 A mm. The detector used was a SITe-4 CCD, and the 3-pixel resolving power was about 15000. Their ranges from 100 to 370.

  • File C CCD echelle spectra secured with the 2.14-m reflector of the SPM observatory in April 2003. The CCD detector has pixels, and the setting used covered the wavelength region from 4000 to 6700 A in grating orders 33 to 60. The nominal resolution of the spectrograph is 18000 at 5000 A, which translates into 2-pixel resolution of about 17 km s.

  • File D Another set of echelle CCD spectra from SPM, secured in April 2007

  • File E The third set of echelle CCD spectra from SPM, secured from May 30 to June 1, 2007. The of the SPM spectra ranges between 120 and 500 for the red, and 85 to 230 for the blue parts of the spectra.

The initial reductions of the DAO spectra (bias subtraction, flatfielding and conversion to 1-D images) were carried out by SY in IRAF. The initial reduction of the SPM and OND spectra was carried out by PE and by Dr. M. Šlechta, respectively, including the wavelength calibration. The remaining reductions of all spectra (including wavelength calibration for the DAO spectra, continuum rectification, and removal of cosmics and flaws) was carried out with the program SPEFO (Horn et al. 1996; Škoda 1996).

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