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10 July 2018 The Observatorio Astrofísico de Javalambre: engineering for empowering observatory operations
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The Observatorio Astrofísico de Javalambre is a fully automated astronomical observatory particularly conceived for carrying out large sky surveys with two unprecedented telescopes of unusually large fields of view: the JST/T250, a 2.55m telescope of 3deg field of view, and the JAST/T80, an 83cm telescope of 2deg field of view. The most immediate objective of the two telescopes for the next years is carrying out two unique photometric surveys of several thousands square degrees, Javalambre Phtometry of the Accelerating universe Survey (J-PAS) and Javalambre Photometry of the Local Universe Survey (J-PLUS), each of them with a wide range of scientific applications, like e.g. large structure cosmology and dark energy, galaxy evolution, supernovae, Milky Way structure, among others. To do that, JST and JAST will be equipped with panoramic cameras under development within the J-PAS collaboration, JPCam and T80Cam respectively, which make use of large format (~ 10k x 10k) CCDs covering the entire focal plane.

This paper describes in detail, from operations point of view, the engineering development of the overall facilities and infrastructures for the robotic observatory and a global overview of current status pinpointing lessons learned in order to boost observatory operations performance achieving scientific targets, maintaining quality requirements but also minimizing resources, material and human resources.

We also briefly introduce the Early Data Release (EDR) of J-PLUS, which is already freely accessible worldwide, and the first scientific papers. Finally, we show the next steps necessary for JST to perform the J-PAS project.
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A. Yanes-Díaz, S. Rueda-Teruel, R. Bello, J.L. Antón, C. López-Sanjuan, D. Cristobal-Hornillos, M. Domínguez, A. Ederoclite, F. Rueda-Teruel, G. López-Alegre, A. J. Cenarro, A. Marin-Franch, S. Chueca, C. Iñiguez, J. Garzarán, S. Bielsa, I. Soriano, J. Jiménez, T. Civera, J. Castillo, J. Varela, H. Vázquez Ramió, C. Hernández-Monteagudo, M. C. Díaz-Martín, and R. Iglesias-Marzoa "The Observatorio Astrofísico de Javalambre: engineering for empowering observatory operations", Proc. SPIE 10704, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VII, 1070421 (10 July 2018);


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