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REM: a fully robotic telescope for GRB observations
Author(s): Stefano Covino; Mauro Stefanon; Giorgio Sciuto; Alberto Fernandez-Soto; Gino Tosti; Filippo Maria Zerbi; Guido Chincarini; Lucio A. Antonelli; Paolo Conconi; Giuseppe Cutispoto; Emilio Molinari; Luciano Nicastro; Marcello Rodono
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Paper Abstract

The Rapid Eye Mount (REM) telescope is an ambitious project devoted to the prompt observations, in the optical and Near Infrared (NIR), of Gamma-Ray Bursts (GRBs) whose high energy emission is mainly detected by the Swift satellite. The system is able to immediately react to a GRB alert and perform observations, data reduction and analyses, distributing GRB counterparts in a timescale of tens of seconds. Apart from GRB observations, REM can also drive autonomous observations of a variety of targets as X-ray transients, flare stars, etc. We describe here how REM can manage all these tasks robotically, taking into account environmental and scientific parameters as seeing, visibility, target priority, etc.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 September 2004
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5492, Ground-based Instrumentation for Astronomy, (30 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.551532
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Stefano Covino, INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
Mauro Stefanon, INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
Giorgio Sciuto, Univ. degli Studi di Perugia (Italy)
Alberto Fernandez-Soto, Univ. de Valencia (Spain)
Gino Tosti, Univ. degli Studi di Perugia (Italy)
Filippo Maria Zerbi, INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
Guido Chincarini, INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
Lucio A. Antonelli, INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma (Italy)
Paolo Conconi, INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
Giuseppe Cutispoto, INAF, Osservatorio Astrofisico di Catania (Italy)
Emilio Molinari, INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
Luciano Nicastro, Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale e Fisica Cosmica (Italy)
Marcello Rodono, INAF, Osservatorio Astrofisico di Catania (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5492:
Ground-based Instrumentation for Astronomy
Alan F. M. Moorwood; Masanori Iye, Editor(s)

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