n MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - Watcher robotic telescope at Boyden Observatory : news notes

Volume 65, Issue 5_6
  • ISSN : 0024-8266



Extracted from text ... june 2006 63 news notes Watcher robotic telescope at Boyden Observatory The Watcher 16-inch telescope became operational in April 2006 at Boyden Observatory near Bloemfontein. Watcher is a robotic telescope primarily used for rapid gamma-ray burst (GRB) follow-up observations and soon also extra-solar planet searches using the transit technique. The telescope is managed by the University College Dublin, under the leadership of Prof. Lorraine Hanlon. Installation was performed by post-graduate students Gary Melady and John French, who were assisted by Petr Kubanek. The telescope can robotically react to GRB alerts sent by orbital satellites such as SWIFT, the ..

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