19 July 2010 Operating a global network of autonomous observatories
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We discuss our experiences operating a heterogeneous global network of autonomous observatories. The observatories are presently situated on four continents, with a fifth expected during the summer of 2010. The network nodes are small to intermediate diameter telescopes (<= 150 cm) owned by different institutions but running the same observatory control software. We report on the experience gained during construction, commissioning and operation of the observatories, as well as future plans. Problems encountered in the construction and operation of the nodes are summarised. Operational statistics as well as scientific results from the observatories are also presented.
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Petr Kubánek, Petr Kubánek, Alberto J. Castro-Tirado, Alberto J. Castro-Tirado, Antonio de Ugarte Postigo, Antonio de Ugarte Postigo, Ronan Cunniffe, Ronan Cunniffe, Michael Prouza, Michael Prouza, Jan Štrobl, Jan Štrobl, Hendrik van Heerden, Hendrik van Heerden, Javier Gorosabel, Javier Gorosabel, René Hudec, René Hudec, Phil Yock, Phil Yock, William H. Allen, William H. Allen, Ian Bond, Ian Bond, Grant Christie, Grant Christie, Sergei Guziy, Sergei Guziy, Lorraine Hanlon, Lorraine Hanlon, Martin Jelínek, Martin Jelínek, Seamus Meehan, Seamus Meehan, Cyril Polášek, Cyril Polášek, Victor Reglero, Victor Reglero, Primo Vitale, Primo Vitale, } "Operating a global network of autonomous observatories", Proc. SPIE 7740, Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy, 77400U (19 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.857222; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.857222
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