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A rich, but relatively unexplored, region in optical astronomy is the study of transients with durations of less than a day. We describe a wide-field optical monitoring system, RAPTOR, which is designed to identify and make follow-up observations of optical transients in real-time. The system is composed of an array of telescopes that continuously monitor about 1500 square degrees of the sky for transients down to about 12' magnitude in 60 seconds and a central fovea telescope that can reach 16{approx}m' agnitude in 60 seconds. Coupled to the telescope array is a real-time data analysis pipeline that is designed to ... continued below

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Vestrand, W. T. (W. Thomas); Borozdin, K. N. (Konstantin N.); Brumby, Steven P.; Casperson, D. E. ( Donald E.); Fenimore, Edward E.; Galassi, M. C. (Mark C.) et al. January 1, 2002.

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A rich, but relatively unexplored, region in optical astronomy is the study of transients with durations of less than a day. We describe a wide-field optical monitoring system, RAPTOR, which is designed to identify and make follow-up observations of optical transients in real-time. The system is composed of an array of telescopes that continuously monitor about 1500 square degrees of the sky for transients down to about 12' magnitude in 60 seconds and a central fovea telescope that can reach 16{approx}m' agnitude in 60 seconds. Coupled to the telescope array is a real-time data analysis pipeline that is designed to identify transients on timescales of seconds. In a manner analogous to human vision, the entire array is mounted on a rapidly slewing robotic mount so that the fovea of the array can be rapidly directed at transients identified by the wide-field system. The goal of the project is to develop a ground-based optical system that can reliably identify transients in real-time and ultimately generate alerts with source locations to enable follow-up observations wilh other, larger, telescopes.

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  • Report No.: LA-UR-02-369
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Vestrand, W. T. (W. Thomas); Borozdin, K. N. (Konstantin N.); Brumby, Steven P.; Casperson, D. E. ( Donald E.); Fenimore, Edward E.; Galassi, M. C. (Mark C.) et al. Searching for optical transients in real-time : the RAPTOR experiment /., article, January 1, 2002; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc926077/: accessed October 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.