The prompt acquisition of gamma ray optical counterparts with the Bradford Robotic Telescope

Baruch, John, E. F. and Bennett, C. and Cox, Mark J. and Davis, R. (1996) The prompt acquisition of gamma ray optical counterparts with the Bradford Robotic Telescope. In: AIP Conference Proceedings: Gamma-ray bursts: 3rd Huntsville symposium, 25-27 Oct 1995, Huntsville, Alabama.

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Abstract

The Bradford Robotic Telescope was conceived as an instrument to work with observers in other wavebands and specifically to monitor gamma sources and acquire optical counterparts to gamma-bursters. Its main line of support has been to provide an automated robotic photometry service on the Internet. Its first light was in the autumn of 1993. The telescope and its development are described (http://www.telescope.org/rti). The development of instrumentation for astronomy in an engineering department is discussed and the evolution of the networking and communications is described to the point where a fast link to the Internet BACODINE system can be achieved. The current performance is detailed with estimates of its efficiency. Images of BATSE error boxes are discussed. Current plans are to better match the field of the telescope to the BATSE error boxes and to monitor optical counterparts on a fractional second time scale.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Astronomy Education Research
RTSRE Related Research
Depositing User: Mr Saeed Salimpour
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2017 12:16
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2018 09:10
URI: http://istardb.org/id/eprint/643

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