30 September 2004 REM: a fully robotic telescope for GRB observations
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The Rapid Eye Mount (REM) telescope is an ambitious project devoted to the prompt observations, in the optical and Near Infrared (NIR), of Gamma-Ray Bursts (GRBs) whose high energy emission is mainly detected by the Swift satellite. The system is able to immediately react to a GRB alert and perform observations, data reduction and analyses, distributing GRB counterparts in a timescale of tens of seconds. Apart from GRB observations, REM can also drive autonomous observations of a variety of targets as X-ray transients, flare stars, etc. We describe here how REM can manage all these tasks robotically, taking into account environmental and scientific parameters as seeing, visibility, target priority, etc.
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Stefano Covino, Mauro Stefanon, Giorgio Sciuto, Alberto Fernandez-Soto, Gino Tosti, Filippo Maria Zerbi, Guido Chincarini, Lucio A. Antonelli, Paolo Conconi, Giuseppe Cutispoto, Emilio Molinari, Luciano Nicastro, Marcello Rodono, "REM: a fully robotic telescope for GRB observations", Proc. SPIE 5492, Ground-based Instrumentation for Astronomy, (30 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.551532; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.551532

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