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Scheduling observations on the LCOGT network
Author(s): Eric Hawkins; Nairn Baliber; Mark Bowman; Timothy Brown; Benjamin Burleson; Steven Foale; Martyn Ford; Timothy Lister; Martin Norbury; Eric Saunders; Zachary Walker
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Paper Abstract

LCOGT is deploying a world-wide telescope network to enable near-continuous coverage of variable or transient sources. We desire the telescopes in this network to be scheduled for efficiency with respect to a coherent set of science goals. To achieve this, we are developing a software structure to carry observing programs from initial proposal through data acquisition and feedback to the schedule. Key elements in this structure are a database of observation requests, requirements, and status, a protocol to describe observations, and a set of planners that work by successive refinement of the schedule.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 July 2010
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 7737, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems III, 77370P (30 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.857756
Show Author Affiliations
Eric Hawkins, Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network (United States)
Nairn Baliber, Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network (United States)
Mark Bowman, Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network (United States)
Timothy Brown, Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network (United States)
Benjamin Burleson, Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network (United States)
Steven Foale, Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network (United States)
Martyn Ford, Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network (United States)
Timothy Lister, Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network (United States)
Martin Norbury, Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network (United States)
Eric Saunders, Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network (United States)
Zachary Walker, Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7737:
Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems III
David R. Silva; Alison B. Peck; B. Thomas Soifer, Editor(s)

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