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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) was deployed in 2012 at the Lijiang Astronomical Observatory (Kunming, China). The fifth one (BOOTES-5) was opened in 2015 at San Pedro Mártir Observatory (Baja California, México).

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The BOOTES Collaboration:

Alberto J. Castro-Tirado1,2, Ronan Cunniffe1, Martin Jelínek3,  Petr Kubánek4, Sergey Guziy5, Oscar Lara-Gil, Juan C. Tello1, Samantha R. Oates1, Bin-Bin Zhang1, You-Dong Hu1, Alberto Castellón6, Alfonso García-Cerezo2, Víctor F. Muñoz2, Carlos Pérez del Pulgar2, Juan Cabello, Sebastián Castillo-Carrión7, José M. Castro Cerón8, René Hudec3,9, María D. Caballero-García10, Petr Páta9, Stanislav Vitek9, José A. Adame11, Francisco Rendón1,11, Steven Konig11, Tomás de J. Mateo Sanguino12, Rafael Fernández-Muñoz13, Phil C. Yock14, Nicholas Rattenbury14, William H. Allen15, Richard Querel16 , Soomin Jeong1,17 Il H. Park17, Jiming Bai18Chenzou Cui19, Yufeng Fan18, Chuanjun Wang18, David Hiriart20, William H. Lee21, Antonio Claret1, Rubén Sánchez-Ramírez1, Shashi B. Pandey22, Teresa Mediavilla23 and Lola Sabau-Graziati24

{1} Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA-CSIC), P.O. Box 03004, E-18080 Granada, Spain
{2} Departamento de Ingeniería de Sistemas y Automática, Escuela de Ingenierías, Universidad de Málaga, Unidad Asociada al CSIC, Dr. Pedro Ortiz Ramos, 29071 Málaga, Spain
{3} Astronomical Institute, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic 251 65 Ondřejov, Czech Rep.
{4} Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Na Slovance 1999/2, 182 21 Praha 8, Czech Republic
{5} Nikolaev National University, Nikolska str. 24, 54030 Nikolaev, Ukraine
{6} Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Málaga, Bulevard Louis Pasteur, 29010 Málaga, Spain
{7} Enseñanza Virtual y Laboratorios Tecnológicos, Universidad de Málaga, Jiménez Fraud 10, 29071 Málaga, Spain
{8} European Space Astronomy Centre (ESA-ESAC), 28692 Villanueva de la Cañada (Madrid), Spain
{9} Czech Technical University, Faculty of Electronical Engineering, Dep. of Radioelectronics, Technická 2 166 27 Prague, Czech Republic
{10} Astronomical Institute of the Academy of Sciences, Bocní II 1401, CZ-14100 Praha 4, Czech Republic
{11} Estación de Sondeos Atmosféricos (ESAt) de El Arenosillo (CEDEA-INTA), 21130 Mazagón, Huelva, Spain
{12} Departamento de Ingeniería Electrónica, Sistemas Informáticos y Automática, Universidad de Huelva, E.P.S. de La Rábida 21819 Palos de la Frontera (Huelva), Spain
{13} Instituto de Hortofruticultura Subtropical y Mediterránea La Mayora (IHSM/UMA-CSIC), 29750 Algarrobo Costa (Málaga), Spain
{14} Department of Physics, University of Auckland, Private Bag 92019, New Zealand
{15} Vintage Lane Observatory, RD3, 7273 Blenheim, New Zealand
{16} National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), Lauder, New Zealand
{17} Department of Physics, Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU), Suwon, Korea
{18} Yunnan Astronomical Observatory, CAS Kunming 650011, Yunnan, China
{19} National Astronomical Observatory, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100012, China
{20} Instituto de Astronomía, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 22800 Ensenada, Baja California, México
{21} Instituto de Astronomía, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Apdo Postal 70-264, Cd. Universitaria, 04510 México DF, M\éxico
{22} Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences, Manora Peak, Nainital - 263 002, India
{23} Escuela Politécnica Superior, Universidad de Cádiz, Avda. Ramón Puyol, 11202 Algeciras (Cádiz), Spain
{24} División de Ciencias del Espacio, Instituto Nacional de Técnica Aerospacial (INTA), 28850 Torrejón de Ardoz (Madrid), Spain

 

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