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The GlobalJetWatch spectrographs: a fibre-fed spectrograph for small telescopes
Author(s): Fraser J. Clarke; Andrew J. Gosling; Sam Doolin; Paul Goodall; Sebastian Perez; Paul Pattinson; Rick Makin; Katherine M. Blundell
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Paper Abstract

The GlobalJetWatch project (www.globaljetwatch.net) will place small (0.5-metre) commerical telescopes in four schools around the world. Each telescope will be equipped with a custom designed spectrograph, currently being built by the Astrophysics sub-department of the University of Oxford. The scientific goal of the project is to provide continual monitoring of a rosetta stone object, the micro-quasar SS433. In addition, the project has a significant out-reach element, aiming to involve school children on four-continents in front-line astronomical research. The spectrograph is a fibre-fed fixed format cross-dispersed echellete design providing R~6000 spectra from 4300-8500 in a single exposure. The spectrograph is built almost entirely from off-the-shelf components. The four GlobalJetWatch sites (Australia, India, South Africa, Chile) will be commissioned in 2008/09. Here we present the baseline design of the spectrograph, and initial results from the prototype on-sky commissioning in Oxford.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 July 2008
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7014, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy II, 70145A (11 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.789236
Show Author Affiliations
Fraser J. Clarke, Oxford Astrophysics, Univ. of Oxford (United Kingdom)
Andrew J. Gosling, Oxford Astrophysics, Univ. of Oxford (United Kingdom)
Univ. of Oulu (Finland)
Sam Doolin, Oxford Astrophysics, Univ. of Oxford (United Kingdom)
Paul Goodall, Oxford Astrophysics, Univ. of Oxford (United Kingdom)
Sebastian Perez, Oxford Astrophysics, Univ. of Oxford (United Kingdom)
Paul Pattinson, Oxford Astrophysics, Univ. of Oxford (United Kingdom)
Rick Makin, Oxford Astrophysics, Univ. of Oxford (United Kingdom)
Katherine M. Blundell, Oxford Astrophysics, Univ. of Oxford (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7014:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy II
Ian S. McLean; Mark M. Casali, Editor(s)

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