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A global network of robotic telescopes
Author(s): P. C. T. Rees; P. B. Conway; A. G. Mansfield; D. Mucke-Herzberg; W. Rosing; P. J. Surrey; S. Taylor
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Paper Abstract

A concept is presented for a global network of robotically operated 2m-class telescopes, operating as a single globally distributed observatory, for follow-up from the emerging generation of gigapixel focal plane survey telescopes and the investigation of time-domain phenomena. The concept is developed from a model of approximately fifteen networked telescopes of varying apertures and instrumentation compliments, and an exploration of the operating principles of the network. A network architecture is presented which is able to deliver the remote operational support of this network. The operating requirements of the unit telescope design are developed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 June 2006
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6267, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes, 62673S (23 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.672202
Show Author Affiliations
P. C. T. Rees, Telescope Technologies Ltd. (United Kingdom)
P. B. Conway, Telescope Technologies Ltd. (United Kingdom)
A. G. Mansfield, Telescope Technologies Ltd. (United Kingdom)
D. Mucke-Herzberg, Telescope Technologies Ltd. (United Kingdom)
W. Rosing, Las Cumbres Observatory Inc. (United States)
P. J. Surrey, Telescope Technologies Ltd. (United Kingdom)
S. Taylor, Las Cumbres Observatory Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6267:
Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes
Larry M. Stepp, Editor(s)

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