The Zadko Telescope: A Southern Hemisphere Telescope for Optical Transient Searches, Multi-Messenger Astronomy and Education

  title={The Zadko Telescope: A Southern Hemisphere Telescope for Optical Transient Searches, Multi-Messenger Astronomy and Education},
  author={David M. Coward and Michael D. Todd and Timo P. Vaalsta and Myrtille Laas-Bourez and Alain Klotz and A. C. Imerito and L. Yan and Paul Luckas and Andr{\'e} B. Fletcher and Marjan G. Zadnik and Ronald R. Burman and David G Blair and J. Zadko and Michel Boer and Pierre Thierry and E J Howell and Steven R. Gordon and A. L. Ahmat and J. A. Moore and Kris Frost},
  journal={Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia},
  pages={331 - 339}
  • D. Coward, M. Todd, +17 authors K. Frost
  • Published 20 June 2010
  • Physics
  • Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia
Abstract The new 1 m f/4 fast-slew Zadko Telescope was installed in June 2008 about 70 km north of Perth, Western Australia. It is the only metre-class optical facility at this southern latitude between the east coast of Australia and South Africa, and can rapidly image optical transients at a longitude not monitored by other similar facilities. We report on first imaging tests of a pilot program of minor planet searches, and Target of Opportunity observations triggered by the Swift satellite… Expand
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