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Gattini: a multisite campaign for the measurement of sky brightness in Antarctica
Author(s): Anna Moore; Graham Allen; Eric Aristidi; Michael Ashley; Tim Bedding; Chas Beichman; Runa Briguglio; Maurizio Busso; Maurizio Candidi; David Ciardi; Xiangqun Cui; Giuseppe Cutispoto; Elisa Distefano; Patrick Espy; Jon Everett; Longlong Feng; Jingyao Hu; Zhaoji Jiang; Suzanne Kenyon; Craig Kulesa; Jon Lawrence; Brice Le Roux; Tim Leslie; Yuangshen Li; Daniel Luong-Van; Andre Phillips; Weijian Qin; Roberto Ragazzoni; Reed Riddle; Lucia Sabbatini; Piero Salinari; Will Saunders; Zhaohui Shang; Dennis Stello; John Storey; Bo Sun; Nicolas Suntzeff; Melinda Taylor; Gino Tosti; Nick Tothill; Tony Travouillon; Gerard Van Belle; Kaspar Von Braun; Lifan Wang; Jun Yan; Huigen Yang; Xiangyan Yuan; Zhenxi Zhu; Xu Zhou
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Paper Abstract

We present the Gattini project: a multisite campaign to measure the optical sky properties above the two high altitude Antarctic astronomical sites of Dome C and Dome A. The Gattini-DomeC project, part of the IRAIT site testing campaign and ongoing since January 2006, consists of two cameras for the measurement of optical sky brightness, large area cloud cover and auroral detection above the DomeC site, home of the French-Italian Concordia station. The cameras are transit in nature and are virtually identical except for the nature of the lenses. The cameras have operated successfully throughout the past two Antarctic winter seasons and here we present the first results obtained from the returned 2006 dataset. The Gattini-DomeA project will place a similar site testing facility at the highest point on the Antarctic plateau, Dome A, with observations commencing in 2008. The project forms a small part of a much larger venture coordinated by the Polar Research Institute of China as part of the International Polar Year whereby an automated site testing facility called PLATO will be traversed into the DomeA site. The status of this exciting and ambitious project with regards to the Gattini-DomeA cameras will be presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 July 2008
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7012, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes II, 701226 (10 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.789783
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Anna Moore, California Institute of Technology, Caltech Optical Observatories (United States)
Graham Allen, Solar Mobility (Australia)
Eric Aristidi, LUAN, Univ. de Nice (France)
Michael Ashley, Univ. of New South Wales (Australia)
Tim Bedding, Univ. of Sydney (Australia)
Chas Beichman, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Runa Briguglio, Univ. di Roma La Sapienza (Italy)
Maurizio Busso, Univ. di Perugia (Italy)
Maurizio Candidi, IFSI, INAF (Italy)
David Ciardi, Michelson Science Ctr. (United States)
Xiangqun Cui, Nanjing Institute of Astronomical Optics & Technology (China)
Giuseppe Cutispoto, Osservatorio Astrofisico di Catania, INAF (Italy)
Elisa Distefano, Osservatorio Astrofisico di Catania, INAF (Italy)
Patrick Espy, British Antarctic Survey (United Kingdom)
Jon Everett, Univ. of New South Wales (Australia)
Longlong Feng, Purple Mountain Observatory (China)
Jingyao Hu, National Astronomical Observatories (China)
Zhaoji Jiang, National Astronomical Observatories (China)
Suzanne Kenyon, Univ. of New South Wales (Australia)
Craig Kulesa, Steward Observatory, Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Jon Lawrence, Univ. of New South Wales (Australia)
Brice Le Roux, OAMP/LAM (France)
Tim Leslie, Univ. of New South Wales (Australia)
Yuangshen Li, Polar Research Institute of China (China)
Daniel Luong-Van, Univ. of New South Wales (Australia)
Andre Phillips, Univ. of New South Wales (Australia)
Weijian Qin, Polar Research Institute of China (China)
Roberto Ragazzoni, Osservatorio Astrofisico di Padova, INAF (Italy)
Reed Riddle, TMT project, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Lucia Sabbatini, Univ. di Roma La Sapienza (Italy)
Piero Salinari, Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri, INAF (Italy)
Will Saunders, Anglo-Australian Observatory (Australia)
Zhaohui Shang, Tianjin Normal Univ. (China)
Dennis Stello, Univ. of Sydney (Australia)
John Storey, Univ. of New South Wales (Australia)
Bo Sun, Polar Research Institute of China (China)
Nicolas Suntzeff, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (Chile)
Texas A&M Univ. (United States)
Melinda Taylor, Univ. of New South Wales (Australia)
Gino Tosti, Univ. di Perugia (Italy)
Nick Tothill, Univ. of Exeter (United Kingdom)
Tony Travouillon, California Institute of Technology, Caltech Optical Observatories (United States)
Gerard Van Belle, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Kaspar Von Braun, Michelson Science Ctr. (United States)
Lifan Wang, Purple Mountain Observatory (China)
Jun Yan, Purple Mountain Observatory (China)
Huigen Yang, Polar Research Institute of China (China)
Xiangyan Yuan, Nanjing Institute of Astronomical Optics & Technology, National Astronomical Observatories (China)
Zhenxi Zhu, Purple Mountain Observatory (China)
Xu Zhou, National Astronomical Observatories (China)


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

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