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Advances in Astronomy
Volume 2010 (2010), Article ID 125340, 4 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2010/125340
Research Article

Taiwan Automated Telescope Network

1Department of Physics, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu 30013, Taiwan
2Department of Mechanical Engineering, Chang-Gung University, Kwei-San 33302, Taiwan
3Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias, 38205 La Laguna, Spain
4Ulugh Beg Astronomical Institute, 100052 Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Received 15 June 2009; Accepted 5 October 2009

Academic Editor: Taro Kotani

Copyright © 2010 Dean-Yi Chou 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.

Abstract

A global network of small automated telescopes, the Taiwan Automated Telescope (TAT) network, dedicated to photometric measurements of stellar pulsations, is under construction. Two telescopes have been installed in Teide Observatory, Tenerife, Spain and Maidanak Observatory, Uzbekistan. The third telescope will be installed at Mauna Loa Observatory, Hawaii, USA. Each system uses a 9-cm Maksutov-type telescope. The effective focal length is 225 cm, corresponding to an -ratio of 25. The field of view is 0.62 degree square. The images are taken with a 16-bit CCD camera. The telescope is equipped with UBVRI filters. Each telescope is fully automated. The telescope can be operated either interactively or fully automatically. In the interactive mode, it can be controlled through the Internet. In the fully automatic mode, the telescope operates with preset parameters without any human care, including taking dark frames and flat frames. The network can also be used for studies that require continuous observations for selected objects.