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Title: A Scientific Network of Small Robotic Telescopes

Authors: Arne Henden

Abstract Submitted by: Arne Henden

Institute/Affiliation: AAVSO

Abstract Type: talk

Abstract Information:

The AAVSO has been building a worldwide network of robotic telescopes for the past five years, ranging in size from 60mm to 60cm. These all share the same software and operating methodologies, primarily geared towards quality photometry in Johnson/Cousins, SDSS, and narrow-band filters. Recent additions include moderate-resolution spectrographs and a high-speed dual-channel imaging system. The pitfalls and rewards of building such a network from commercial equipment are discussed, along with highlights of some results. More details about the network and how to submit proposals can be found at http://www.aavso.org/aavsonet.