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Progress Report for the KAO 1.0 meter Robotic Telescope

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  12 April 2016

Peter Mack
Affiliation:
Astronomical Consultants & Equipment, Inc., P.O. Box 91946, Tucson AZ 85741USA
Wonyong Han
Affiliation:
Korea Astronomy Observatory, Taejon, 305-348, Korea
Matthew Bradstreet
Affiliation:
Astronomical Consultants & Equipment, Inc., P.O. Box 91946, Tucson AZ 85741USA
Anthony Borstad
Affiliation:
Astronomical Consultants & Equipment, Inc., P.O. Box 91946, Tucson AZ 85741USA
Jang-Hyun Park
Affiliation:
Korea Astronomy Observatory, Taejon, 305-348, Korea
Ho Jin
Affiliation:
Korea Astronomy Observatory, Taejon, 305-348, Korea
Woo-Baik Lee
Affiliation:
Korea Astronomy Observatory, Taejon, 305-348, Korea
Chung-Uk Lee
Affiliation:
Korea Astronomy Observatory, Taejon, 305-348, Korea

Abstract

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Korea Astronomy Observatory (KAO) is working to rebuild a 1.0-m robotic telescope in collaboration with a company (Astronomical Consultants & Equipment, Inc. or ACE). The telescope is being totally refurbished to make a fully automatic telescope which can operate in both interactive an fully autonomous robotic modes. This paper describes the design concepts and the work completed. The telescope is an f/7.5 Ritchey-Chretien system mounted on an equatorial fork with friction drives capable of high slewing (5°/s2) and high resolution tracking. The control software manages the entire telescope, instruments and observatory. In interactive local and remote modes the observer can manually enter coordinates or retrieve them from a database. In robotic mode the telescope controller downloads requests from users and creates a schedule. The telescope will be equipped with a CCD camera and will be available over the internet.

Type
III. New Trends in Small-Telescope Technology
Copyright
Copyright © Astronomical Society of the Pacific 2001