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Scheduling observations on the LCOGT network

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Eric Hawkins, Nairn Baliber, Mark Bowman, Timothy Brown, Benjamin Burleson, Steven Foale, Martyn Ford, Timothy Lister, Martin Norbury, Eric Saunders, Zachary Walker

Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network (USA)

Proc. SPIE 7737, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems III, 77370P (July 29, 2010); doi:10.1117/12.857756
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  • Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems III
  • David R. Silva; Alison B. Peck; B. Thomas Soifer
  • San Diego, California, USA | June 27, 2010

abstract

LCOGT is deploying a world-wide telescope network to enable near-continuous coverage of variable or transient sources. We desire the telescopes in this network to be scheduled for efficiency with respect to a coherent set of science goals. To achieve this, we are developing a software structure to carry observing programs from initial proposal through data acquisition and feedback to the schedule. Key elements in this structure are a database of observation requests, requirements, and status, a protocol to describe observations, and a set of planners that work by successive refinement of the schedule.

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Eric Hawkins ; Nairn Baliber ; Mark Bowman ; Timothy Brown ; Benjamin Burleson, et al.
"Scheduling observations on the LCOGT network", Proc. SPIE 7737, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems III, 77370P (July 29, 2010); doi:10.1117/12.857756; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.857756


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