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Operating a global network of autonomous observatories
Author(s): Petr Kubánek; Alberto J. Castro-Tirado; Antonio de Ugarte Postigo; Ronan Cunniffe; Michael Prouza; Jan Štrobl; Hendrik van Heerden; Javier Gorosabel; René Hudec; Phil Yock; William H. Allen; Ian Bond; Grant Christie; Sergei Guziy; Lorraine Hanlon; Martin Jelínek; Seamus Meehan; Cyril Polášek; Victor Reglero; Primo Vitale
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Paper Abstract

We discuss our experiences operating a heterogeneous global network of autonomous observatories. The observatories are presently situated on four continents, with a fifth expected during the summer of 2010. The network nodes are small to intermediate diameter telescopes (<= 150 cm) owned by different institutions but running the same observatory control software. We report on the experience gained during construction, commissioning and operation of the observatories, as well as future plans. Problems encountered in the construction and operation of the nodes are summarised. Operational statistics as well as scientific results from the observatories are also presented.

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Date Published: 19 July 2010
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7740, Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy, 77400U (19 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.857222
Show Author Affiliations
Petr Kubánek, Univ. de València (Spain)
Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía CSIC (Spain)
Institute of Physics (Czech Republic)
Alberto J. Castro-Tirado, Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía CSIC (Spain)
Antonio de Ugarte Postigo, INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
Ronan Cunniffe, Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía CSIC (Spain)
Michael Prouza, Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía CSIC (Spain)
Jan Štrobl, Astronomical Institute (Czech Republic)
Hendrik van Heerden, Boyden Observatory (South Africa)
Javier Gorosabel, Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía CSIC (Spain)
René Hudec, Astronomical Institute (Czech Republic)
Czech Technical Univ. (Czech Republic)
Phil Yock, Auckland Univ. (New Zealand)
William H. Allen, Vintage Lane Observatory (New Zealand)
Ian Bond, Massey Univ. (New Zealand)
Grant Christie, Stardome Observatory (New Zealand)
Sergei Guziy, Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía CSIC (Spain)
Lorraine Hanlon, Univ. College Dublin (Ireland)
Martin Jelínek, Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía CSIC (Spain)
Seamus Meehan, Univ. College Dublin (Ireland)
Cyril Polášek, Astronomical Institute (Czech Republic)
Victor Reglero, Univ. de València (Spain)
Primo Vitale, Pierre-Auger Observatory South (Argentina)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7740:
Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy
Nicole M. Radziwill; Alan Bridger, Editor(s)

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