AAS 196th Meeting, June 2000
Session 9. Automated Telescopes
Display, Monday, June 5, 2000, 9:20am-6:30pm, Empire Hall South

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[9.05] Novae and Supernovae Searches with the Super-LOTIS Telescope

G. G. Williams (Clemson University), H. S. Park (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory), D. H. Hartmann (Clemson University), R. A. Porrata (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)

The Super-LOTIS (Livermore Optical Transient Imaging System) telescope is a fully automated robotic telescope dedicated to the search for simultaneous and early-time optical counterparts of gamma-ray bursts (GRBs). Since GRB follow-up observations account for only a small fraction of the Super-LOTIS schedule, the system is available for conducting additional wide-field surveys. Super-LOTIS consists of an f/3.5 60 cm reflector equipped with a prime focus cooled CCD camera. The 2048 x 2048 array yields a total field-of-view of 51' x 51' and a pixel scale of 1.5". This automated system is capable of covering 400 fields (290 sq. deg.) per night to a limiting magnitude of approximately 18.5 (30 s). Super-LOTIS has recently been relocated to Steward Observatory's Kitt Peak site. We will present initial results from a search for novae and supernovae in nearby galaxies.

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