Project History

Burst Optical Observer and Transient Exploring System    

( A world wide Network of Robotic Telescopes )

The BOOTES-2 robotic astronomical station was officially opened on 7 Nov 2001 by José Torres and Marisa Gómez-Guillamón as INTA and EELM-CSIC representatives respectivelly. It is located at CSIC’s Estación Experimental de La Mayora in Algarrobo Costa (Málaga) and it is limited to the South by Mediterranean sea and to the North by the Natural Park of Tejeda-Almijara mountains with Maroma peak (2.068 m. of high).

Unlike the two domes of the BOOTES-1 station 200 km away, its dome is controlled by a hydraulic opening system controlled automatically according to the existing weather conditions.

BOOTES-2 started hosting a 0.3-m Schmidt-Cassegrain reflector telescope (f/10) which was replaced in 2009 by a 0.6-m Ritchey-Chrétien fast slewing telescope, being officially opened on 27 Nov 2009 by Prof. José Ángel Narváez, vicerrector of Research at University of Málaga.

Thus, the new configuration in the BOOTES-2 station has the next instruments:

TELMA (TELescopio MAlaga) Ritchey-Chrétien reflector telescope (0.6m, f/8)

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

All-sky camera (CASANDRA-2): 180º FOV

We appreciate the generous contributions of both Universidad de Málaga and Fundación Málaga to the project.

Attached below are some pictures depicting the BOOTES-2 facilities deployed in the site since 2001.