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The SOAR Telescope as a node in a time domain followup-network: concepts and plans
Author(s): Jonathan H. Elias; Cesar Briceno; Todd Boroson; Mark K. Bowman; Rolando Cantarutti; Bryan Miller; Stephen Ridgway; Eric Saunders; Rachel A. Street
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Paper Abstract

With the advent of large-scale time-domain surveys such as the LSST, there is a strong desire for the 4-m SOAR Telescope to be able to respond efficiently and effectively to transient alerts. Enabling the required capabilities at SOAR will also support a greater variety of science programs than conventional telescope scheduling. These capabilities are best deployed with SOAR acting as one of several telescopes responding to alerts and supporting time domain programs. We outline how this might be done if SOAR is included as a node in the Las Cumbres Observatory network, at least part-time. This allows SOAR to make use of extensive existing software infrastructure, while adding a larger aperture to the existing network. Participation of SOAR also serves as a pathfinder for participation of other large telescopes in an evolved LCO network. The overall workflow is outlined. Required interfaces are described. Finally, the initial development efforts with this goal in mind are outlined.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 July 2018
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 10704, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VII, 107040B (10 July 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2314133
Show Author Affiliations
Jonathan H. Elias, SOAR Telescope (Chile)
Cesar Briceno, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (Chile)
NOAO.0 (United States)
Todd Boroson, Las Cumbres Observatory (United States)
Mark K. Bowman, Las Cumbres Observatory (United States)
Rolando Cantarutti, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (Chile)
NOAO (United States)
Bryan Miller, Gemini Observatory (Chile)
Stephen Ridgway, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Eric Saunders, Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network (United States)
Rachel A. Street, Las Cumbres Observatory (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10704:
Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VII
Alison B. Peck; Robert L. Seaman; Chris R. Benn, Editor(s)

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