GNAT: A Global Network of Small Astronomical Telescopes
There is a pressing need for quality small telescopes for astronomical research and for education. Such telescopes, with good instrumentation and software, can do frontier research in many areas, and they can and do make a major positive impact on science education. This need is global: the interest in astronomy is universal, both in students and in amateur and professional astronomers. Technology is such today that quality small telescopes can be produced for a reasonable cost. We believe that such new generation small telescopes are an essential part of a balanced and rational approach for astronomical facilities. We have proposed, and are beginning to develop, a global network of such telescopes. A number of universities and individuals are already formal members. We invite you to participate.
Crawford, D. L., & Craine, E. (1996). GNAT: A Global Network of Small Astronomical Telescopes. In J. A. Percy (Ed.), Astronomy Education: Current Developments, Future Coordination, ASP Conference Series (Vol.89, pp.183-185). San Francisco, CA: ASP