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Small IRAIT: telescope operations during the polar night
Author(s): R. Briguglio; G. Tosti; M. Busso; M. Bagaglia; G. Nucciarelli; A. Mancini; S. Castellini; K. G. Strassmeier; O. Straniero; L. Sabbatini
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Paper Abstract

Small IRAIT is a 25 cm Cassegrain telescope, installed at Dome C, on the high Antarctic plateau, during 2007 winter campaign. It performed a first test of multiband (UBVRI) photometry from Dome C, taking advantage of its remote control system that allowed a 10 days, 98% duty cycle run on a chromospherically active, spotted star in Cen (V841); it also tested multiband acquisition on open clusters, AGB stars, blazars (PKS2155), eclipsing binaries. In situ optimization made the telescope able to operate in the cold, harsh Antarctic environment.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 July 2008
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7016, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems II, 70160H (12 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.791908
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R. Briguglio, Sapienza Univ. of Rome (Italy)
G. Tosti, Univ. of Perugia (Italy)
M. Busso, Univ. of Perugia (Italy)
M. Bagaglia, Univ. of Perugia (Italy)
G. Nucciarelli, Univ. of Perugia (Italy)
A. Mancini, Univ. of Perugia (Italy)
S. Castellini, Univ. of Perugia (Italy)
K. G. Strassmeier, Astrophysikalisches Institut Potsdam (Germany)
O. Straniero, Teramo Observatory (Italy)
L. Sabbatini, Univ. of Roma 3 (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7016:
Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems II
Roger J. Brissenden; David R. Silva, Editor(s)

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