Abstract Details

Title: Global networks of small telescopes: HATNet and HATSouth

Authors: Gaspar Bakos

Institute/Affiliation: Harvard Smithsonian Ctr. Astrophys

Abstract Type: talk

Abstract Information:

The HATNet project is a network of six small telescopes; 4 at Whipple
Observatory, Arizona, and 2 atop Mauna Kea, Hawaii. The HATNet telescopes
have been designed, developed and built by our team, the only off-the-shelf
components being the Canon telephoto lenses and the Apogee CCDs. All
software components were also home-developed. As the PI, I have been
overseeing the operations of HATNet for 6 years from the Center for
Astrophysics. The telescopes have opened up on over 1500 nights, and the
project has produced over a million science frames at 5-minute time cadence.
We have discovered 27 transiting extrasolar planets, all around bright
stars. Another, related project stemming from HATNet is the recently
launched HAT-South project. With 2-2-2 identical telescopes at Las Campanas
(Chile), Siding Springs (Australia) and the HESS site (Namibia),
respectively, it provides a 24-hour stream of high quality data, adequate
for the discovery of shallow and/or long period planetary transits.
HAT-South has been operational since the Fall of 2009. I will present
technical details and summary of the operations on both projects.