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23 June 2006 A global network of robotic telescopes
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A concept is presented for a global network of robotically operated 2m-class telescopes, operating as a single globally distributed observatory, for follow-up from the emerging generation of gigapixel focal plane survey telescopes and the investigation of time-domain phenomena. The concept is developed from a model of approximately fifteen networked telescopes of varying apertures and instrumentation compliments, and an exploration of the operating principles of the network. A network architecture is presented which is able to deliver the remote operational support of this network. The operating requirements of the unit telescope design are developed.
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P. C. T. Rees, P. B. Conway, A. G. Mansfield, D. Mucke-Herzberg, W. Rosing, P. J. Surrey, and S. Taylor "A global network of robotic telescopes", Proc. SPIE 6267, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes, 62673S (23 June 2006); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.672202
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