Project History

Burst Optical Observer and Transient Exploring System    

( A world wide Network of Robotic Telescopes )

The BOOTES-3 robotic astronomical station was the first installation of the BOOTES Network outside Spain. It was officially opened on 27 Feb 2009 by Marcos Gómez, Spanish Ambassor in New Zealand. It is located at Vintage Lane, Blenheim (New Zealand), one of the best places for the observation of the night sky in the southern country. Since Oct 2014, it was reallocated in Lauder at one of the stations of the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA).

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

BOOTES-3 is hosting a 0.6-m Ritchey-Chrétien fast slewing telescope, and it is dubbed YA (Yock-Allen) Telescope, in honour of Prof. Phil A. Yock and Eng. Bill H. Allen in recognition for their encouraging support.

Thus, the BOOTES-3 station has the next instruments:

YA (Yock-Allen) Ritchey-Chrétien reflector telescope (0.6m, f/8)

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

All-sky camera (CASANDRA-3): 180º FOV

Besides NIWA and University of Auckland, we appreciate the support of University of Auckland, as well as the contributions by Ian Bond (Massey Univ.) and Grant Christie (Stardome Observatory), both in NZ. Research in the field of gravitational microlensing, in support of MOA observations led by NZ researchers, is also being carried out.

Attached below are some pictures depicting the BOOTES-3 facilities deployed in the site since 2009.