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Research on scheduling of robotic transient survey for Antarctic Survey Telescopes (AST3)

Qiang Liu, Peng Wei, Zhao-Hui Shang, Bin Ma, Yi Hu

Abstract


Antarctic Survey Telescopes (AST3) are designed to be fully robotic telescopes at Dome A, Antarctica, which aim for highly efficient time-domain sky surveys as well as rapid response to special transient events (e.g., gamma-ray bursts, near-Earth asteroids, supernovae, etc.). Unlike traditional observations, a well-designed real-time survey scheduler is needed in order to implement an automatic survey in a very efficient, reliable and flexible way for the unattended telescopes. We present a study of the survey strategy for AST3 and implementation of its survey scheduler, which is also useful for other survey projects.


Keywords


telescope — survey — methods: observational — techniques: miscellaneous

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1674%E2%80%934527%2F18%2F1%2F5

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