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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 been deployed in 2012 at the Lijiang Astronomical Observatory (Kunming, China).

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The BOOTES Collaboration:

Alberto J. Castro-Tirado1,2, Martin Jelínek3, Ronan Cunniffe1, Petr Kubánek4, Sergey Guziy5, Oscar Lara-Gil, Juan C. Tello1, Carlos Pérez del Pulgar2, Juan Cabello1,2, Sebastián Castillo-Carrión6, José M. Castro Cerón7, René Hudec3,8, Stanislav Vitek8, Steven Konig9, Tomás de J. Mateo10, Rafael Fernández-Muñoz11, Alberto Castellón12, Phil A. Yock13, William H. Allen14, Richard Querel15 , Lola Sabau-Graziati16, Il K. Park16 Jiming Bai17Chenzou Cui18, Yufeng Fan17,Chuanjun Wang17Samantha Oates1, María D. Caballero-García8, Soomin Jeong1,16, Youdong Hu1

1 Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA-CSIC), P.O. Box 03004, E-18080 Granada, Spain

                2 Departamento de Ingeniería de Sistemas y Automática, Univ. de Málaga, Spain


3Astronomical Institute, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic 251 65 Ondřejov, Czech Rep. 

   4 Faculty of Physics, Charles University, Praha, Czech Rep. 

5  University of Nikolaev, Ukraine
6 Servicio Central de Informática, Universidad de Málaga, Spain
7 European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC), Villafranca del Castillo (Madrid), Spain
8 Czech Technical University, Faculty of Electronic Engineering, Dep. of Radioelectronics,  Praga, Czech Rep.
9 Estación de Sondeos Atmosféricos (ESAt) de El Arenosillo (CEDEA-INTA), Mazagón, Huelva, Spain

   10 Departamento de Ingeniería de Sistemas y Automática, Universidad de Huelva, E.P.S. de La Rábida (Huelva), Spain
11 Estación Experimental de La Mayora, (IHSM/UMA-CSIC), Algarrobo Costa(Málaga), Spain
12 Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Málaga, Spain
13 University of Auckland, New Zealand
14 Vintage Lane Observatory, Blenheim, New Zealand
15 NIWA, Lauder, New Zealand
16  División de Ciencias del Espacio (INTA), Torrejón de Ardoz (Madrid), Spain
17 SKKU, Seoul, South Korea
18
Yunnan Astronomical Observatory, CAS Kunming 650011, Yunnan, China   

19 National Astronomical Observatory, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100012, China 

 

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