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The Robo-AO software: fully autonomous operation of a laser guide star adaptive optics and science system

Riddle, Reed L. and Burse, Mahesh P. and Law, Nicholas M. and Tendulkar, Shriharsh P. and Baranec, Christoph and Rudy, Alexander R. and Sitt, Marland and Arya, Ankit and Papadopoulos, Athanasios and Ramaprakash, A. N. and Dekany, Richard G. (2012) The Robo-AO software: fully autonomous operation of a laser guide star adaptive optics and science system. In: Adaptive Optics Systems III. Proceedings of SPIE. No.8447. Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers , Bellingham, WA, Art. No. 84472O. ISBN 978-0-8194-9148-0.

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Robo-AO is the first astronomical laser guide star adaptive optics (AO) system designed to operate completely independent of human supervision. A single computer commands the AO system, the laser guide star, visible and near-infrared science cameras (which double as tip-tip sensors), the telescope, and other instrument functions. Autonomous startup and shutdown sequences as well as concatenated visible observations were demonstrated in late 2011. The fully robotic software is currently operating during a month long demonstration of Robo-AO at the Palomar Observatory 60-inch telescope.

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Additional Information:© 2012 SPIE. The Robo-AO project is a collaboration between Caltech Optical Observatories and the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics. It is partially funded by the National Science Foundation under grants AST-0906060 and AST-0960343, the Office of Naval Research under grant N00014-11-1-0903, a grant from the Mt. Cuba Foundation, and by a gift from Samuel Oschin. We are grateful for the continued support of the Palomar Observatory staff for their ongoing support of Robo-AO on the 60-inch telescope, particularly S. Kunsman, M. Doyle, J. Henning, R. Walters, G. Van Idsinga, B. Baker, K. Dunscombe and D. Roderick.
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Subject Keywords:robotic telescopes, adaptive optics, laser guide star, automated science
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Official Citation:The Robo-AO software: fully autonomous operation of a laser guide star adaptive optics and science system Reed L. Riddle, Mahesh P. Burse, Nicholas M. Law, Shriharsh P. Tendulkar, Christoph Baranec, Alexander R. Rudy, Marland Sitt, Ankit Arya, Athanasios Papadopoulos, A. N. Ramaprakash, Richard G. Dekany Proc. SPIE 8447, Adaptive Optics Systems III, 84472O (September 13, 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.925475
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