Project History

Burst Optical Observer and Transient Exploring System    

( A world wide Network of Robotic Telescopes )

The first robotic astronomical observatory in Spain was placed in the INTA’s Estación de Sondeos Atmosféricos (ESAt) at Centro de Experimentación de el Arenosillo in Mazagón (Moguer, Huelva). It has a extraordinary sky close to the Atlantic ocean with more than 300 clear nights at year, limited at the East with the Doñana National Park.

Since 1998 and during the first two years provided rapid follow-up observations for more than 40 GRBs detected by Batse aboard the CGRO up to its turning-off in May 2000. It consisted of a 0.2m Schmidt-Cassegrain reflector telescope (at f/10) with a CCD camera at the Cassegrain focus providing a 40’x30’ FOV and a couple of CCD cameras attached to the main optical tube providing a 16º x 11º FOV.

Since 2001, with the new location of the existing enclosure 100 m away from the original site, and the addition of the second enclosure (dubbed BOOTES-1B to distinguish it from BOOTES-1A, the old one), different setups were accomplished, being the current one, as of summer 2010, the following:

 

BOOTES-1A

0.3m diameter Schmidt-Cassegrain reflector telescope (f/10) mounted on a Paramount mount

Wide field CCD camera (4096 x 4096 pix) attached to a 400 mm f/2.8 lens: 5º x 5º FOV

All-sky CCD camera (CASANDRA-1): 180º FOV

 

 

 

BOOTES-1B

0.3m diameter Schmidt-Cassegrain reflector telescope (f/10) mounted on a Paramount mount

Narrow field CCD (1528 x 1024 pix) camera attached to the main optical tube: 30' x 20' FOV

All-sky CCD camera (CASANDRA-1): 180º FOV

 

 

Bootes-1A is currently (as of Autumn 2010) hosting a prototype of the Pi-of-the-Sky North experiment, following a collaboration agreement with University of Warszaw (Poland).

 

Attached below are some pictures depicting the BOOTES-1 facilities deployed in the site since 1998.