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17 September 2012 The Transneptunian Automated Occultation Survey (TAOS II)
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The Transneptunian Automated Occultation Survey (TAOS II) will aim to detect occultations of stars by small ( 1 km diameter) objects in the Solar System and beyond. Such events are very rare (< 10−3 events per star per year) and short in duration ( 200 ms), so many stars must be monitored at a high readout cadence. TAOS II will operate three 1.3 meter telescopes at the Observatorio Astron´omico Nacional at San Pedro Martir in Baja California, Mexico. With a 2.3 square degree field of view and a high speed camera comprising CMOS imagers, the survey will monitor 10,000 stars simultaneously with all three telescopes at a readout cadence of 20 Hz.
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Matthew J. Lehner, Shiang-Yu Wang, Charles A. Alcock, Kem H. Cook, Gabor Furesz, John C. Geary, David Hiriart, Paul T. Ho, William Lee, Frank Melsheimer, Timothy Norton, Mauricio Reyes-Ruiz, Michael Richer, Andrew Szentgyorgyi, Wei-Ling Yen, and Zhi-Wei Zhang "The Transneptunian Automated Occultation Survey (TAOS II)", Proc. SPIE 8444, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes IV, 84440D (17 September 2012);

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