Project History

Burst Optical Observer and Transient Exploring System    

( A world wide Network of Robotic Telescopes )

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The BOOTES-5 robotic astronomical station was the last installation of the BOOTES Network in the North Hemisphere. It was officially opened on 26 Nov 2015 in Mexico. It is located at Observatorio Nacional de San Pedro Mártir (México), one of the best places for the observation of the night skies in Northern America.

Similarly to the BOOTES-1, -3 and 4 stations, its dome is controlled by electrical motors which are controlled automatically according to the existing weather conditions.

BOOTES-5 is hosting a 0.6-m Ritchey-Chrétien fast slewing telescope, and it is dubbed JG (Javier Gorosabel) Telescope, in honour of Dr. Javier Gorosabel, a brilliant astrophysicist member of the ARAE team who passed away at the age of 46.

Thus, the BOOTES-5 station has the next instruments:

JG (Javier Gorosabel) Ritchey-Chrétien 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-3): 180º FOV

Besides Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), we appreciate the support of Sungkuynkwan University (SKKU) in Korea.

Attached below are some pictures depicting the BOOTES-5 facilities deployed in the site since 2015.

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