AAS 201st Meeting, January, 2003
Session 122. Instruments for Observing Transient Events
Poster, Thursday, January 9, 2003, 9:20am-4:00pm, Exhibit Hall AB

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[122.06U] ROVOR Remote Observatory for Variable Object Research

J.A. Gilbert (Brigham Young University), E. Ashbaker (Pacific University), J.W. Moody (Brigham Young University)

ROVOR is a solar powered, remote, 20-in Autoscope telescope that will be used primarily for research on variable stars, bright active galactic nuclei, QSO's, gamma-ray bursts, and novae & supernovae in nearby galaxies. The goal is to build a system that is robust but inexpensive by using commercial off-the-shelf hardware and software. It will run entirely through National Instruments' LabVIEW software, using Optec and Apogee astronomical hardware. Estimated date of deployment is August 2003 in anticipation of the SWIFT satellite. It will be placed on BYU property at Lytle Ranch near the southern Utah/Nevada border and use satellite links for communication and transfer of data.

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