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Miniature Exoplanet Radial Velocity Array I: design, commissioning, and early photometric results

Jonathan J. Swift, Michael Bottom, John A. Johnson, Jason T. Wright, Nate McCrady, Robert A. Wittenmyer, Peter Plavchan, Reed Riddle, Philip S. Muirhead, Erich Herzig, Justin Myles, Cullen H. Blake (+17 others)
2015 Journal of Astronomical Telescopes Instruments and Systems  
The modular design of the facility and the flexibility of our hardware allows for both science programs to be pursued simultaneously, while the robotic control software provides a robust and efficient  ...  The facility is now in the process of being relocated to its final destination at the Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory in southern Arizona, and science operations will begin in 2015.  ...  Currently, the filters available to the MINERVA system are the Johnson U, B, V, R, and I; second-generation Sloan g 0 , r 0 , i 0 , and z 0 ; narrow band H α, [SII], [OIII], and amateur filters, L, R,  ... 
doi:10.1117/1.jatis.1.2.027002 fatcat:vcj7gv6xjvdtvjsbl5d6mfantq

AstroCloud: A Distributed Cloud Computing and Application Platform for Astronomy [article]

Chenzhou Cui, Boliang He, Ce Yu, Jian Xiao, Changhua Li, Dongwei Fan, Shanshan Li, Linying Mi, Zihuang Cao, Sisi Yang, Yunfei Xu, Yue Chen, Zheng Li (+17 others)
2017 arXiv   pre-print
It consists of five application channels, i.e. observation, data, tools, cloud and public and is acting as a full lifecycle management system and gateway for astronomical data and telescopes.  ...  In the paper, backgrounds of the project, architecture, Cloud Computing environment, key features of the system, current status and future plans are introduced.  ...  Public channel is one modular especially developed for the public and amateur astronomers, including several VO featured applications and services.  ... 
arXiv:1701.05641v1 fatcat:tlj7qqrkrzadpfo7hbgjbu4t2e

Observatory for education and public outreach controlled through the World Wide Web

T. Gregory Guzik, Patrick M. Motl, Geoffrey S. Burks, Paul Fisher, James Giammanco, Arlo U. Landolt, John G. Stacy, Joel E. Tohline, Katrina Wefel, Hilton Lewis
1998 Telescope Control Systems III  
The main principles of the remote control system are presented in this paper, along with a discussion of the education and outreach goals of the observatory, details of the facility and hardware, initial  ...  The on site public outreach and education program has been fully active since Fall, 1997 and we are currently in the process of developing a platform-independent system for remotely controlling the observatory  ...  The integration of the many hardware components described above into the observatory control system is discussed in the next section.  ... 
doi:10.1117/12.308810 fatcat:zl7fhyjw7rgqrgopla3atjerxy

The SPIRIT Telescope Initiative: six years on [article]

Paul Luckas
2018 arXiv   pre-print
This paper details the robotic telescope solution, student interface and educational philosophy, summarises achievements and lessons learned and examines the possibilities for future enhancement including  ...  The technical solution itself provides an excellent model for low cost robotic telescope installations, and the education program has evolved over time to include a broad range of student experiences -  ...  This is exemplified by the number of vendors of commercial telescope hardware and software who are themselves, amateur astronomers.  ... 
arXiv:1807.06188v1 fatcat:jifrxmevvbcrxirmo2432ehbki

System Description and First Light Curves of the Hungarian Automated Telescope, an Autonomous Observatory for Variability Search

G. Á. Bakos, J. Lázár, I. Papp, P. Sári, E. M. Green
2002 Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific  
We give brief hardware and software description of the system, controlled by a single PC running RealTime Linux operating system.  ...  The small autonomous observatory is recording brightness of stars in the range of I~6--13m with a telephoto lens and its 9x9 degree field of view, yielding a data rate of ~10^6 photometric measurements  ...  Strittmatter for the opportunity of installing HAT to Kitt Peak, partial funds for the installation costs, and the hospitality of Steward Observatory.  ... 
doi:10.1086/342382 fatcat:lh4zz3xhrrcjvpx7qrwqdbyz5i

The World-Wide Telescope

A. Szalay
2001 Science  
Bob: I thought all the fuss about quantum computing was about engineering-but that sounds like something you'd read in Science. Alice: Nah, they'd never publish something like this.  ...  may enhance our ability to understand as well as control quantum systems.  ...  The resulting system will dramatically improve our ability to do multi-spectral and temporal studies that integrate data from multiple instruments.  ... 
doi:10.1126/science.293.5537.2037 pmid:11557879 fatcat:5ko55kahyjf2dkqiifvifoy5zu


2011 Science: Image in Action  
The DAME project, run jointly by the Department of Physics of the University "Federico II", INAF Astronomical Observatory of Napoli, and the California Institute of Technology, is financed through grants  ...  from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the European FP7 EuroVO projects and by the USA-National Science Foundation.  ...  that can often be Observatories; • Archives are managed by Observatories and/ or Agencies; • Publications are managed by Journals; there is however a single point of search and access, the ADS system  ... 
doi:10.1142/9789814383295_0019 fatcat:vlp6w45oqnal3evddcyvrws6yy

The world-wide telescope

Jim Gray, Alex Szalay
2002 Communications of the ACM  
The resulting system will dramatically improve our ability to do multi-spectral and temporal studies that integrate data from multiple instruments.  ...  V I E W P O I N T The World-Wide Telescope Alexander Szalay, 1 Jim Gray 2 All astronomy data and literature will soon be online and accessible via the Internet.  ... 
doi:10.1145/581571.581572 fatcat:l7aantc7svfvxpk5y6b7mfcmmy

Instrument technologies for the detection of extraterrestrial interstellar robotic probes

Scot L. Stride, Stuart A. Kingsley, Ragbir Bhathal
2001 The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) in the Optical Spectrum III  
Autonomous instrument platforms (i.e. robotic observatories) to search for anomalous energy signatures can be designed and assembled using Commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware and software.  ...  The COTS approach to observatory design provides an economical, flexible and robust path toward collecting reliable data.  ...  Furthermore, a special thanks goes to JPL Document Review for granting clearance for the publication of this paper, and the engineers at JPL who peer reviewed the paper.  ... 
doi:10.1117/12.435372 fatcat:ukqomaliafablc72vftftqkbzm

Instrumental methods for professional and amateur collaborations in planetary astronomy

O. Mousis, R. Hueso, J.-P. Beaulieu, S. Bouley, B. Carry, F. Colas, A. Klotz, C. Pellier, J.-M. Petit, P. Rousselot, M. Ali-Dib, W. Beisker (+48 others)
2014 Experimental astronomy (Print)  
Here we review the different domains of the field in which collaborations between professional and amateur astronomers are effective and regularly lead to scientific publications.  ...  Amateur contributions to professional publications have increased exponentially over the last decades in the field of Planetary Astronomy.  ...  The cost of such kind of instrumentation is within the reach of many amateur stations or public observatories.  ... 
doi:10.1007/s10686-014-9379-0 fatcat:svfffodks5dq5fcooup6ebirgq

Optical SETI observatories in the new millennium: a review

Stuart A. Kingsley, Stuart A. Kingsley, Ragbir Bhathal
2001 The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) in the Optical Spectrum III  
This paper also speculates on the eventual need to move Optical SETI observatories into space with high altitude balloons and space-based telescopes.  ...  Just as the microwave SETI@Home project has proved very popular with the public, the time has come for its optical equivalent.  ...  They are the Hamamatsu H7421-40 PMT system i and PerkinElmer SPCM-AQR solid-state system j . Both turnkey systems employ Peltier coolers and have high quantum efficiencies.  ... 
doi:10.1117/12.435383 fatcat:o33a34zgergn3f7i5p7ggqllre

Project Solaris, a Global Network of Autonomous Observatories: Design, Commissioning, and First Science Results

S. K. Kozłowski, P. W. Sybilski, M. Konacki, R. K. Pawłaszek, M. Ratajczak, K. G. Hełminiak, M. Litwicki
2017 Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific  
We present the design and commissioning of Project Solaris, a global network of autonomous observatories.  ...  We present the design and implementation of low-level security; data logging and notification systems; weather monitoring components; all-sky vision system, surveillance system; and distributed temperature  ...  We are grateful to the technical and administration staff in SAAO, SSO, and CASLEO for their help during the construction and commissioning of the telescopes.  ... 
doi:10.1088/1538-3873/aa83aa fatcat:6qphhc732vdq5ib6xs55eczxnm

Reflections on the solar-stellar connection

L. Goldberg
1985 Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific  
easy to underestimate the opportunities of the amateur, and the possibilities of research with limited instrumental means. " I particularly want to mention the effort by Russell Genet and Louis Boyd of  ...  a model by those who extol the virtues of privately-supported institutions, but I have no doubt he would have accepted support from whatever legitimate sources, private or public, that promised to help  ... 
doi:10.1086/131565 fatcat:pwwjrmynqjew3irez2lhppjyua

The Photometry Pipeline of the Watcher Robotic Telescope

A. Ferrero, L. Hanlon, R. Felletti, J. French, G. Melady, S. McBreen, P. Kubánek, M. Jelínek, B. McBreen, P. Meintjes, J. Calitz, M. Hoffman
2010 Advances in Astronomy  
Sources of uncertainty are assessed and the performance of the pipeline is tested by comparison with a number of catalogue sources.  ...  Details of the procedures to get image zero-point, source instrumental measurement, and limiting magnitude are presented.  ...  Acknowledgment The authors acknowledge the support from the Science Foundation Ireland under Grant 07-RFP-PHYF295.  ... 
doi:10.1155/2010/715237 fatcat:45loe6icdbhjhbkiyphf64exrq

FIASCO: A new spectrograph at the University Observatory Jena

M. Mugrauer, G. Avila
2009 Astronomical Notes - Astronomische Nachrichten  
A new spectrograph (FIASCO) is in operation at the 0.9m telescope of the University Observatory Jena.  ...  This article describes the characterization of the instrument and reports its first astronomical observations, among those Li (670.8nm) detection in the atmosphere of young stars, and the simultaneous  ...  We would like also to thank the MPE for its contribution to FIASCO hardware, as well as the staff of the mechanic and electronic division of the faculty for physics and astronomy at the University Jena  ... 
doi:10.1002/asna.200811192 fatcat:zwgvbkmjx5bglmehpq6kvy3giu
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