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MONET/North: a very fast 1.2m robotic telescope
Author(s): Karsten Bischoff; Georg Tuparev; Frederic V. Hessman; Irina Nikolova
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Paper Abstract

The first of two 1.2m MONET robotic telescopes became operational at McDonald Observatory in Texas in spring 2006, the second one will be erected at the South African Astronomical Observatory's Sutherland Station. About 60% of the observing time is dedicated to scientific use by the consortium (Univ. Göttingen, McDonald Obs. and the South African Astron. Obs.) and 40% is for public and school outreach. The alt-az-mounted f/7 RC imaging telescopes are optimized for fast operations, with slewing speeds up to 10°/sec in all axes, making them some of the fastest of their class in the world. The unusual clam-shell enclosures provide the telescopes with nearly unobstructed views of the sky. The new observatory control system fully utilizes the hardware capabilities and permits local, remote, and robotic operations and scheduling, including the monitoring of the weather, electric power, the building, current seeing, all software processes, and the archiving of new data.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 June 2006
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 6270, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems, 62701Q (30 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.671433
Show Author Affiliations
Karsten Bischoff, Halfmann Teleskoptechnik (Germany)
Georg Tuparev, Tuparev Technologies (Netherlands)
Frederic V. Hessman, Institut für Astrophysik (Germany)
Irina Nikolova, Tuparev Technologies (Netherlands)
Technical Univ. of Sofia (Bulgaria)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6270:
Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems
David R. Silva; Rodger E. Doxsey, Editor(s)

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