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New robotic telescopes by Halfmann-Teleskoptechnik GmbH and Tuparev Technologies Inc.
Author(s): Karsten Bischoff; Frederic V. Hessman; Georg Tuparev; Ekatarina Atanasova; Peter Pessev
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Paper Abstract

We will present aspects of the installation, commissioning, software development, and early operation of several new robotic telescopes: 1) the 1.2-m MONET/South telescope at Sutherland/ZA, the second Halfmann telescope for the MONET telescope network (the other telescope has been in operation at McDonald Observatory in Texas since early 2006); 2) a siderostat for a 0.5-m vacuum tower telescope for the new physics building of the Georg-August-Universitat Göttingen; and 3) new developments for smaller (down to 0.5m) aperture telescopes. Special emphasis will be given to drive technology: using torque motors we adjust maximum slewing speeds of 10°/sec as standard. Although sufficient for most projects we are investigating even faster slewing speeds.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 July 2008
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 7012, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes II, 70122X (10 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.788920
Show Author Affiliations
Karsten Bischoff, Halfmann Teleskoptechnik (Germany)
Frederic V. Hessman, Institut für Astrophysik (Germany)
Georg Tuparev, Tuparev Technologies (Netherlands)
Ekatarina Atanasova, Tuparev Technologies (Netherlands)
Peter Pessev, Tuparev Technologies (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7012:
Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes II
Larry M. Stepp; Roberto Gilmozzi, Editor(s)

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