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10 July 2018 The SOAR Telescope as a node in a time domain followup-network: concepts and plans
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With the advent of large-scale time-domain surveys such as the LSST, there is a strong desire for the 4-m SOAR Telescope to be able to respond efficiently and effectively to transient alerts. Enabling the required capabilities at SOAR will also support a greater variety of science programs than conventional telescope scheduling. These capabilities are best deployed with SOAR acting as one of several telescopes responding to alerts and supporting time domain programs. We outline how this might be done if SOAR is included as a node in the Las Cumbres Observatory network, at least part-time. This allows SOAR to make use of extensive existing software infrastructure, while adding a larger aperture to the existing network. Participation of SOAR also serves as a pathfinder for participation of other large telescopes in an evolved LCO network. The overall workflow is outlined. Required interfaces are described. Finally, the initial development efforts with this goal in mind are outlined.
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Jonathan H. Elias, Cesar Briceno, Todd Boroson, Mark K. Bowman, Rolando Cantarutti, Bryan Miller, Stephen Ridgway, Eric Saunders, and Rachel A. Street "The SOAR Telescope as a node in a time domain followup-network: concepts and plans", Proc. SPIE 10704, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VII, 107040B (10 July 2018);


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