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Engineering a global network of astronomical telescopes
Author(s): Eric R. Craine; David L. Crawford; Patrick R. Craine
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Paper Abstract

The Global Network of Astronomical Telescopes (GNAT) is anon-profit research corporation established for the purpose of creating a longitudinally distributed network of identical telescopes and imaging systems which can be dedicated to a variety of astronomical problems which require temporal observations, often at high time frequency. The first telescopes in the network will be imaging photometry system; later telescopes will be equipped for spectrophotometry. The network will be centrally scheduled and all of the telescopes in the network will be operated automatically under local host computer control. It is intended that GNAT will serve research, education and community outreach needs. In this paper we report on the current status of development of the GNAT network.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 July 1998
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3349, Observatory Operations to Optimize Scientific Return, (3 July 1998);
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Eric R. Craine, Western Research Co., Inc., GNAT, Inc., and Colorado State Univ. (United States)
David L. Crawford, GNAT, Inc. and National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Patrick R. Craine, GNAT, Inc. and Univ. of California/Berkeley (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3349:
Observatory Operations to Optimize Scientific Return
Peter J. Quinn, Editor(s)

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