Shared skies partnership: a dual-site all-sky live remote observing initiative for research and education

Kielkopf, John F. and Hart, Rhodes and Carter, Brad and Collins, Karen A. and Brown, Carolyn and Hay, Jeff and Hons, Alex and Marsden, S (2014) Shared skies partnership: a dual-site all-sky live remote observing initiative for research and education. In: 223rd American Astronomical Society Meeting, 5-9 Jan 2014, Washington, DC. United States.

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The University of Southern Queensland's Mt. Kent Observatory in Queensland, Australia, and the University of Louisville's Moore Observatory in Kentucky, USA, are collaborating in the development of live remote observing for research, student training, and education. With a focus on flexible operation assisted by semi-autonomous controllers, rather than completely robotic data acquisition, the partnership provides interactive hands-on experience to students at all levels, optimized performance based on real-time observations, and flexible scheduling for transient events and targets of opportunity. Two sites on opposites sides of the globe cover the entire sky, and for equatorial regions allow nearly continuous coverage. The facilites include 0.5-m corrected Dall-Kirkham (CDK) telescopes at both sites, a 0.6 m Ritchie-Chretien telescope at Moore, and a new Nasmyth design 0.7-meter CDK at Mt. Kent instrumented for milli-magnitude precision photometry and wide field imaging, with spectrographs under development. We will describe the operational and data acquisition software, recent research results, and how remote access is being made available to students and observers.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Poster)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: (c) 2014 American Astronomical Society.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Agricultural, Computational and Environmental Sciences
Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2014 05:32
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2017 01:59
Uncontrolled Keywords: observatories; remote access; students; interactive
Fields of Research : 02 Physical Sciences > 0201 Astronomical and Space Sciences > 020110 Stellar Astronomy and Planetary Systems
09 Engineering > 0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering > 090606 Photonics and Electro-Optical Engineering (excl. Communications)
02 Physical Sciences > 0201 Astronomical and Space Sciences > 020102 Astronomical and Space Instrumentation
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970102 Expanding Knowledge in the Physical Sciences
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/25598

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