Converting from Classical to Robotic Astronomy: The Lowell Observatory 0.8-m Telescope

Abstract

The Lowell Observatory 0.8-m (31-in) Telescope was augmented by the addition of a robotic mode of operation in early 2001. This system executes any predetermined sequence of observing instructions without supervision. Described herein is a general description of the system, lessons learned from the conversion, and a few general algorithms for focusing, collecting twilight flat field images, and scheduling standard star observations.

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@inproceedings{Buie2009ConvertingFC, title={Converting from Classical to Robotic Astronomy: The Lowell Observatory 0.8-m Telescope}, author={MarcW. Buie and Marc Buie}, year={2009} }