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Deployment status of the Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope

Pickles, A. J. and Rosing, W. and Martinez, J. and Fulton, B. J. and Sand, D. (2012) Deployment status of the Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope. In: Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes IV. Proceedings of SPIE. No.8444. Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers , Bellingham, WA, Art. No. 84445V. ISBN 9780819491459.

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Our global network of telescopes is designed to provide maximally available optical monitoring of time variable sources, from solar system to extra-galactic objects, and ranging in brightness from about 7-20m. We are providing a distributed network with varied apertures but homogeneous instrumentation: optical imaging, with spectroscopic capabilities. A key component is a single centralized process that accepts (in real time) and schedules TAC approved observing requests across the network; then continuously updates schedules based on status, weather and other availability criteria. Requests range from occasional to continuous monitoring, at slow to high-speed cadences (imaging and fast photometry), and includes rapid response to targets of opportunity. Each node of the network must be fully autonomous, with software agents to control and monitor all functions, to provide auto-recovery as necessary, and to announce their status and capabilities up the control structure. Real-time monitoring or interaction by humans should be infrequent. Equipment is designed to be reliable over long periods to minimize hands-on maintenance, by local or LCOGT staff. Our first 1m deployment was to McDonald Obs. in April 2012. Eight more 1m telescopes are close to deployment to complete the Southern ring, scheduled by end-2012.

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Additional Information:© 2012 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers. Partner science and educational organizations include the Faulkes Educational Trust, RoboNet, UH, UCSB, UT, IAC, CTIO, SAAO, ANU, and school groups in the UK and Hawai`i. The Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (SUPA), managed by St. Andrews University, has contributed to the deployment and operational costs of two Southern 1m telescopes, resulting in additional network time for them. LCOGT are exploring avenues for additional funding to complete and operate the Northern ring.
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Official Citation:A. J. Pickles, A. J. Pickles, W. Rosing, W. Rosing, J. Martinez, J. Martinez, B. J. Fulton, B. J. Fulton, D. Sand, D. Sand, } "Deployment status of the Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope", Proc. SPIE 8444, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes IV, 84445V (17 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.925412;
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