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SOAR telescope operation in the LSST era: real-time follow-up on large scales
Author(s): Jonathan H. Elias; Cesar Briceño
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Paper Abstract

The SOAR telescope will be well situated, both in terms of location and aperture, to follow up on the stream of brighter transient events generated by the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST). A critical aspect is that the operation is less likely to be responding to occasional targets of opportunity, and more likely to be responding to a continuing flow of events that must be efficiently prioritized and observed. We discuss the implications for observatory operations, including potential modifications to the telescope itself or to the instrument suite. Representative “use cases” are described to assist in putting potential operational modes into context.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 July 2016
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 9910, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VI, 99100W (15 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2233080
Show Author Affiliations
Jonathan H. Elias, SOAR Telescope (Chile)
Cesar Briceño, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (Chile)

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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