15 July 2016 Operation of AST3 telescope and site testing at Dome A, Antarctica
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We have successfully operated the AST3 telescope remotely as well as robotically for time-domain sky survey in 2015 and 2016. We have set up a real-time system to support the operation of the unattended telescope, monitoring the status of all instruments as well as the weather conditions. The weather tower also provides valuable information of the site at the highest plateau in Antarctica, demonstrating the extremely stable atmosphere above the ground and implying excellent seeing at Dome A.
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Zhaohui Shang, Yi Hu, Bin Ma, Keliang Hu, Michael C. B. Ashley, Lifan Wang, Xiangyan Yuan, "Operation of AST3 telescope and site testing at Dome A, Antarctica", Proc. SPIE 9910, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VI, 991023 (15 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2231274; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2231274
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