A global robotic telescope network for time-domain science

R. A. Street, T. A. Lister, Y. Tsapras, A. Shporer, F. B. Bianco, B. J. Fulton, D. A. Howell, B. Dilday, M. Graham, D. Sand, J. Parent, T. Brown, K. Horne, M. Dominik, P. Browne, C. Snodgrass, N. Kains, D. Bramich, N. Law, I. Steele

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3 Scopus citations

Abstract

Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network (LCOGT) is currently building a new kind of general-purpose astronomical facility: a fully robotic network of telescopes of 2m, 1m and 0.4m apertures and homogeneous instrumentation. A pan-network approach to scheduling (rather than per individual telescope) offers redundancy in the event of poor weather or technical failure, as well as the ability to observe a target around the clock. Here we describe the network design and instrumentation under development, together with the main science programmes already being lead by LCOGT staff.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNew Horizons in Time-Domain Astronomy
EditorsElizabeth Griffin, Robert J. Hanisch, Robert L. Seaman
Pages408-410
Number of pages3
EditionS285
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2011
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Astronomical Union
NumberS285
Volume7
ISSN (Print)1743-9213
ISSN (Electronic)1743-9221

Keywords

  • instrumentation: photometers
  • instrumentation: spectrographs
  • stars: planetary systems
  • stars: supernovae
  • telescopes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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