Automation of the OAN/SPM 1.5-meter Johnson telescope for operations with RATIR

Alan M. Watson, Michael G. Richer, Joshua S. Bloom, Nathaniel Butler, Urania Ceseña, David Clark, Enrique Colorado, Antolín Córdova, Alejandro Farah, Lester Fox-Machado, Ori D. Fox, Benjamín García, Leonid N. Georgiev, J. Jesús González, Gerardo Guisa, Leonel Gutiérrez, Joel Herrera, Christopher R. Klein, Alexander S. Kutyrev, Francisco LazoWilliam H. Lee, Eduardo López, Esteban Luna, Benjamín Martínez, Francisco Murillo, José Manuel Murillo, Juan Manuel Núñez, J. Xavier Prochaska, José Luis Ochoa, Fernando Quirós, David A. Rapchun, Carlos Román-Zúñiga, Gennady Valyavin

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The Reionization And Transients Infra-Red (RATIR) camera is intended for robotic operation on the 1.5-meter Harold Johnson telescope of the Observatorio Astronómico Nacional on the Sierra de San Pedro Mártir, Baja California, Mexico. This paper describes the work we have carried out to successfully automate the telescope and prepare it for RATIR. One novelty is our use of real-time absolute astrometry from the finder telescopes to point and guide the main telescope.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGround-Based and Airborne Telescopes IV
StatePublished - 2012
EventGround-Based and Airborne Telescopes IV - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: Jul 1 2012Jul 6 2012

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


OtherGround-Based and Airborne Telescopes IV


  • Automatic telescopes
  • Telescope guiding
  • Telescope pointing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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