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Burst Optical Observer and Transient Exploring System    

( A world wide Network of Robotic Telescopes )

BOOTES: Burst Optical Observer and Transient Exploring System   

( A world wide Network of Robotic Telescopes )

The Burst Observer and Optical Transient Exploring System (BOOTES), started in 1998 as a Spanish-Czech collaboration devoted to study optical emissions from gamma ray bursts (GRBs) that ocurr in the Universe.

The first two BOOTES stations were located in Spain and included medium size robotic telescopes with CCD cameras at the Cassegrain focus as well as all-sky cameras, with both stations located at 240 km each other. The first observing station (BOOTES-1) is located at ESAt (INTA-CEDEA) in Mazagón (Huelva) and the first light was obtained in July 1998. The second observing station (BOOTES-2) is located at La Mayora (CSIC) in Málaga and are fully operating since July 2001. In 2009 BOOTES expanded abroad, with the third station (BOOTES-3) being installed in Blenheim (South Island, New Zealand) as result of a collaboration with several institutions from the southern country. The fourth one (BOOTES-4) has been recently deployed in 2011 at the Lijiang Astronomical Observatory (Kunming, China).

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The BOOTES Collaboration:

Alberto J. Castro-Tirado1, Martin Jelínek1, Javier Gorosabel1,20,21, Petr Kubánek1,2, Ronan Cunniffe1, Sergey Guziy1, Oscar Lara-Gil1, Ovidio Rabaza-Castillo1, Rubén Sánchez-Ramírez1, Juan C. Tello1, Carlos Pérez del Pulgar3, Sebastián Castillo-Carrión4, José M. Castro Cerón5, René Hudec7, Benito A. de la Morena Carretero9, José A. Díaz Andreu9, Rafael Fernández-Muñoz10, Dolores Pérez-Ramírez11, Phil A. Yock12, William H. Allen13, Lola Sabau-Graziati16 , Il K. Park17, Chenzou Cui 18, Yufeng Fan 19, Angela González-Rodríguez 1, Samantha Oates 1, María D. Caballero-García 7, Soomin Jeong 1

1 Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA-CSIC), P.O. Box 03004, E-18080 Granada, Spain
2 Image Processing Laboratory, Univ. de Valencia, Burjassot (Valencia), Spain
3 Departamento de Ingeniería de Sistemas y Automática, Univ. de Málaga, Spain
4 Servicio Central de Informática, Universidad de Málaga, Spain
5 European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC), Villafranca del Castillo (Madrid), Spain
6 Departamento de Ingeniería de Sistemas y Automática, Universidad de Huelva, E.P.S. de La Rábida (Huelva), Spain
7Astronomical Institute, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic 251 65 Ondřejov, Czech Republic
8 Czech Technical University, Faculty of Electronic Engineering, Dep. of Radioelectronics, 166 27 Praga, Czech Republic
9 Estación de Sondeos Atmosféricos (ESAt) de El Arenosillo (CEDEA-INTA), Mazagón, Huelva, Spain
10 Estación Experimental de La Mayora, (EELM-CSIC), Algarrobo Costa(Málaga), Spain
11 Universidad de Jaén, Campus Las Lagunillas, Jaén, Spain
12 University of Auckland, New Zealand
13 Vintage Lane Observatory, Blenheim, New Zealand
14 Massey University, New Zealand
15 Stardome Observatory, Auckland, New Zealand
16 División de Ciencias del Espacio (INTA), Torrejón de Ardoz (Madrid), Spain
17 Ewha Womans University, Daehyundong 11-1, Seodaemungu, 120-750 Seoul, South Korea
18 National Astronomical Observatory, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100012, China
19 Yunnan Astronomical Observatory, CAS Kunming 650011, Yunnan, China
20 Unidad Asociada Grupo Ciencia Planetarias UPV/EHU-IAA/CSIC, Departamento de Física Aplicada I, E.T.S. Ingeniería, Universidad del País Vasco UPV/EHU, Alameda de Urquijo s/n, E-48013 Bilbao, Spain.
21Ikerbasque, Basque Foundation for Science, Alameda de Urquijo 36-5, E-48008 Bilbao, Spain

 

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