10 July 2008 Gattini: a multisite campaign for the measurement of sky brightness in Antarctica
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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.
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Anna Moore, Anna Moore, Graham Allen, Graham Allen, Eric Aristidi, Eric Aristidi, Michael Ashley, Michael Ashley, Tim Bedding, Tim Bedding, Chas Beichman, Chas Beichman, Runa Briguglio, Runa Briguglio, Maurizio Busso, Maurizio Busso, Maurizio Candidi, Maurizio Candidi, David Ciardi, David Ciardi, Xiangqun Cui, Xiangqun Cui, Giuseppe Cutispoto, Giuseppe Cutispoto, Elisa Distefano, Elisa Distefano, Patrick Espy, Patrick Espy, Jon Everett, Jon Everett, Longlong Feng, Longlong Feng, Jingyao Hu, Jingyao Hu, Zhaoji Jiang, Zhaoji Jiang, Suzanne Kenyon, Suzanne Kenyon, Craig Kulesa, Craig Kulesa, Jon Lawrence, Jon Lawrence, Brice Le Roux, Brice Le Roux, Tim Leslie, Tim Leslie, Yuangshen Li, Yuangshen Li, Daniel Luong-Van, Daniel Luong-Van, Andre Phillips, Andre Phillips, Weijian Qin, Weijian Qin, Roberto Ragazzoni, Roberto Ragazzoni, Reed Riddle, Reed Riddle, Lucia Sabbatini, Lucia Sabbatini, Piero Salinari, Piero Salinari, Will Saunders, Will Saunders, Zhaohui Shang, Zhaohui Shang, Dennis Stello, Dennis Stello, John Storey, John Storey, Bo Sun, Bo Sun, Nicolas Suntzeff, Nicolas Suntzeff, Melinda Taylor, Melinda Taylor, Gino Tosti, Gino Tosti, Nick Tothill, Nick Tothill, Tony Travouillon, Tony Travouillon, Gerard Van Belle, Gerard Van Belle, Kaspar Von Braun, Kaspar Von Braun, Lifan Wang, Lifan Wang, Jun Yan, Jun Yan, Huigen Yang, Huigen Yang, Xiangyan Yuan, Xiangyan Yuan, Zhenxi Zhu, Zhenxi Zhu, Xu Zhou, Xu Zhou, } "Gattini: a multisite campaign for the measurement of sky brightness in Antarctica", Proc. SPIE 7012, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes II, 701226 (10 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.789783; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.789783
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