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Record 60 of 10558
The explosive transient camera - An automatic, wide-field sky monitor for short-timescale optical transients
Author and Affiliation:
Vanderspek, Roland K.(NASA, Washington, DC, United States)
Ricker, George R.(NASA, Washington, DC, United States)
Doty, John P.(MIT, Cambridge, MA, United States)
Abstract: The Explosive Transient Camera (ETC) is a widefield sky monitor designed to detect short-timescale (1-l0 s) celestial optical flashes. It consists of two arrays of wide-field CCD cameras monitoring about 0.4 steradian of the night sky for optical transients with risetimes of about 1-10 s and peak magnitudes m(V) of less than about 10. The ETC was designed to be completely automated in order to make year-round observations with minimal human intervention. A small, powerful 68,000-based computer controls all aspects of observations, including roof motion, CCD readouts, and weather sensing: under software control, the ETC is able to perform all the functions of a human observer automatically.
Publication Date: Jan 01, 1992
Document ID:
19930052474
(Acquired Dec 28, 1995)
Accession Number: 93A36471
Subject Category: INSTRUMENTATION AND PHOTOGRAPHY
Document Type: Conference Paper
Publication Information: In: Robotic telescopes in the 1990s; Proceedings of the Symposium, 103rd Annual Meeting of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Univ. of Wyoming, Laramie, June 22-24, 1991, 1991 (A93-36457 14-89); p. 123-136.; (SEE A93-36457)
Publisher Information: Astronomical Society of the Pacific, San Francisco, CA, United States
Contract/Grant/Task Num: NSG-7339
Financial Sponsor: NASA; United States
Organization Source: NASA; Washington, DC, United States
Description: 14p; In English
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: Copyright
NASA Terms: AUTOMATIC CONTROL; CAMERAS; CHARGE COUPLED DEVICES; FLASH; SKY SURVEYS (ASTRONOMY); COMPUTER PROGRAMS; FIELD OF VIEW; NIGHT SKY
Imprint And Other Notes: In: Robotic telescopes in the 1990s; Proceedings of the Symposium, 103rd Annual Meeting of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Univ. of Wyoming, Laramie, June 22-24, 1991, 1991 (A93-36457 14-89), p. 123-136.
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