Gattini: A multisite campaign for the measurement of sky brightness in Antarctica

Anna Moore, Graham Allen, Eric Aristidi, Ashley Michael, Tim Bedding, Chas Beichman, Runa Briguglio, Maurizio Busso, Maurizio Candidi, David Ciardi, Cui Xiangqun, Giuseppe Cutispoto, Elisa Distefano, Patrick Espy, Jon Everett, Feng Longlong, Hu Jingyao, Jiang Zhaoji, Suzanne Kenyon, Craig KulesaJon Lawrence, Brice Le Roux, Tim Leslie, Yuanshen Li, Daniel Luong-Van, Andre Phillips, Weijian Qin, Roberto Ragazzoni, Reed Riddle, Lucia Sabbatini, Piero Salinari, Will Saunders, Shang Zhaohui, Dennis Stello, John Storey, Sun Bo, Nicolas Suntzeff, Melinda Taylor, Gino Tosti, Nick Tothill, Tony Travouillon, Gerard Van Belle, Kaspar Von Braun, Lifan Wang, Yan Jun, Yang Huigen, Yuan Xiangyan, Zhenxi Zhu, Zhou Xu

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We present the Gattini project: a multisite campaign to measure the optical sky properties above the two high altitude Antarctic astronomical sites of Dome C and Dome A. The Gattini-DomeC project, part of the IRAIT site testing campaign and ongoing since January 2006, consists of two cameras for the measurement of optical sky brightness, large area cloud cover and auroral detection above the DomeC site, home of the French-Italian Concordia station. The cameras are transit in nature and are virtually identical except for the nature of the lenses. The cameras have operated successfully throughout the past two Antarctic winter seasons and here we present the first results obtained from the returned 2006 dataset. The Gattini-DomeA project will place a similar site testing facility at the highest point on the Antarctic plateau, Dome A, with observations commencing in 2008. The project forms a small part of a much larger venture coordinated by the Polar Research Institute of China as part of the International Polar Year whereby an automated site testing facility called PLATO will be traversed into the DomeA site. The status of this exciting and ambitious project with regards to the Gattini-DomeA cameras will be presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGround-based and Airborne Telescopes II
StatePublished - 2008
EventGround-based and Airborne Telescopes II - Marseille, France
Duration: Jun 23 2008Jun 28 2008

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


OtherGround-based and Airborne Telescopes II


  • Antarctica
  • Gattini
  • Optical sky brightness
  • Site testing cameras

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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