Project History

Burst Optical Observer and Transient Exploring System    

( A world wide Network of Robotic Telescopes )

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The BOOTES-4 robotic astronomical station was the first installation of the BOOTES Network outside Spain. It was officially opened on 20 Mar 2012 by Prof. Qiu Hua-Sheng (vice-director of the Bureau of  International Co-operation, Chinese Academy of Sciences), Prof. Han Zhan Wen (Director of the Yunnan Astronomical Observatory), Carlos C. Morales Sánchez (Consul at Canton in representation of the Spanish Ambassor Mr. Bregolat) and Jose R Pellon (representative of the Spanish Comission for Technological and Industrial Transfer). It is located at Jiliang Astronomical Observatory (China), one of the best places for the observation of the night sky in the southern country. Since Oct 2014.

Similarly to the BOOTES-1 and -3 stations, its dome is controlled by electrical motors which are controlled automatically according to the existing weather conditions.

BOOTES-4 is hosting a 0.6-m Ritchey-Chrétien fast slewing telescope, and it is dubbed ME (María-Eva) Telescope, in honour of Prof. A. J. Castro-Tirado (the BOOTES IP)'s wife for her encouraging support.

Thus, the BOOTES-4 station has the next instruments:

ME (María-Eva) reflector telescope (0.6m, f/8)

EMCCD narrow field camera (clear, Sloan u'g’r’i’ and UKIRT Z and Y -band filters): 10'x10' FOV

All-sky camera (CASANDRA-4): 180º FOV

Besides Yunnan Astronomical Observatories, we appreciate the support of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Attached below are some pictures depicting the BOOTES-4 facilities deployed in the site since 2012.

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