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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[9.06] Construction/Application of the Internet Observatories in Japan

T. Satoh (FRCCS, Science University of Tokyo), Y. Tsubota, N. Matsumoto (Keio Senior High School), N. Takahashi (Meisei University)

We have successfully built two Internet Observatories in Japan: one at Noda campus of the Science University of Tokyo and another at Hiyoshi campus of the Keio Senior High School. Both observatories are equipped with a computerized Meade LX-200 telescope (8" tube at the SUT site and 12" at the Keio site) with a CCD video camera inside the sliding-roof type observatory. Each observatory is controlled by two personal computer: one controls almost everything, including the roof, the telescope, and the camera, while another is dedicated to encode the real-time picture from the CCD video camera into the RealVideo format for live broadcasting.

A user can operate the observatory through the web-based interface and can enjoy the real-time picture of the objects via the RealPlayer software. The administrator can run a sequence of batch commands with which no human interaction is needed from the beginning to the end of an observation. Although our observatories are primarily for educational purposes, this system can easily be converted to a signal-triggered one which may be very useful to observe transient phenomena, such as afterglows of gamma-ray bursts. The most remarkable feature of our observatories is that it is very inexpensive (it costs only a few tens of grands). We'll report details of the observatories in the poster, and at the same time, will demonstrate operating the observatories using an internet-connected PC from the meeting site.

This work has been supported through the funding from the Telecommunicaitons Advancement Foundation for FY 1998 and 1999.

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The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: mailto:tsatoh@rs.noda.sut.ac.jp

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