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Operation of AST3 telescope and site testing at Dome A, Antarctica
Author(s): Zhaohui Shang; Yi Hu; Bin Ma; Keliang Hu; Michael C. B. Ashley; Lifan Wang; Xiangyan Yuan
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Paper Abstract

We have successfully operated the AST3 telescope remotely as well as robotically for time-domain sky survey in 2015 and 2016. We have set up a real-time system to support the operation of the unattended telescope, monitoring the status of all instruments as well as the weather conditions. The weather tower also provides valuable information of the site at the highest plateau in Antarctica, demonstrating the extremely stable atmosphere above the ground and implying excellent seeing at Dome A.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 July 2016
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9910, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VI, 991023 (15 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2231274
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Zhaohui Shang, National Astronomical Observatories, CAS (China)
Tianjin Normal Univ. (China)
Yi Hu, National Astronomical Observatories, CAS (China)
Bin Ma, National Astronomical Observatories, CAS (China)
Keliang Hu, National Astronomical Observatories, CAS (China)
Michael C. B. Ashley, Univ. of New South Wales (Australia)
Lifan Wang, Purple Mountain Observatory, CAS (China)
Xiangyan Yuan, Nanjing Institute of Astronomical Optics and Technology, CAS (China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9910:
Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VI
Alison B. Peck; Robert L. Seaman; Chris R. Benn, Editor(s)

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