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Advances in Astronomy
Volume 2010, Article ID 103986, 5 pages
Review Article

BART: The Czech Autonomous Observatory

1Astronomical Institute, The Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Fričova 298, CZ–251 65 Ondřejov, Czech Republic
2Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (CSIC), Camino Bajo de Huétor, 50, 18.008 Granada, Spain
3Laboratorio de Procesado de Imágenes, Parque Científico del Campus de Paterna, Institutos de Investigación, Universidad de Valencia, edificio 3, planta 3, Polígono Industrial La Coma, s/n, 46.980 Paterna, Spain

Received 30 June 2009; Revised 30 November 2009; Accepted 16 January 2010

Academic Editor: Alberto J. Castro-Tirado

Copyright © 2010 Martin Nekola et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The High Energy Astrophysics group of the stellar department of the Astronomical Institute in Ondřejov operates two small aperture robotic telescopes called BART and D50. Both telescopes are capable of making automatic followup observation of gamma-ray burst optical counterparts. This paper deals with the smaller telescope BART.