Converting from Classical to Robotic Astronomy: The Lowell Observatory 0.8-m Telescope.

M. W. Buie
Advances in Astronomy doi:10.1155/2010/130172 (2010).


The Lowell Observatory 0.8-m (31-in) Telescope was augmented by the addition of a robotic mode of operation in early 2001. This system executes any predetermined sequence of observing instructions without supervision. Described herein is a general description of the system, lessons learned from the conversion, and a few general algorithms for focusing, collecting twilight flat field images, and scheduling standard star observations.

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