Instruments

Burst Optical Observer and Transient Exploring System    

( A world wide Network of Robotic Telescopes )

 

5. The software for BOOTES

5.1. A modular software (1998-2004)

5.1.1. Simultaneous and quasi-simultaneous observations of the GRB error boxes detected by satellites

5.1.2. Reception of the high energy satellites telemetries - Goddard Space Flight Center (NASA)

5.1.3. Distribution of the error boxes coordenates:
- Electronic mail.
- Modem line.
- GSM message.
- Internet TCP/IP conection (0,1s ~ 2 s).

5.1.4. Dome Control Monitor.

Automatic dome opening system:
- Meteorological data analysis: precipitations, temperature, humidity, sunrise and sunset.
- Remote control via GSM and SMS system: status report, system failures (blackouts, TCP/IP errors).
- Telescopes switch on and off.
- FTP client to supervise the observatory in the Internet by means of a webcam.

5.1.5. Telescope Control Monitor.

GRBs alerts receptions:
- Management of the telescopes’ automatic survey programs.
- E-mail client to send astronomicals images.

5.1.6. Optical Transient Monitor.

Astronomical images adquisition through digital cameras:
- Regular sky monitoring in the I and V bands.
- Search for recurrents optical transient emissions.

Estudy of comets, meteors, asteroids, variables stars, novae, supernovae …

5.1.7. Images Analysis Monitor.

Analisys and detection of optical flashes of cosmic origin:
- E-mail client to send data of possible transient.
- >150 Gb database.

Figure: BOOTES-1 Station

 

5.2. The RTS2 Operating System (since 2004)

Since 2004, we are making use of the RST2 observatory manager, which has been extensively developed and tested in the context of the BOOTES Project. http://www.rts2.org/