Integration of the Watcher Telescope into the Sierra Stars Observatory Network – Lessons Learned for GLORIA

Martin Topinka, Lorraine Hanlon, Seamus Meehan


The UCD Watcher robotic telescope is planning to participate in the Sierra Stars Observatory Network (SSON), a US-based organisation that provides astronomical images upon request to subscribing users, who are typically either amateurs or university/college students. Implementing the tasks required for the integration of Watcher to SSON, such as remote scheduling, file transfer, image quality validation and the provision of meteorological information, have provided useful experience for the GLORIA project. It has also become apparent that managing user expectations will be important for GLORIA.


robotic telescope; gamma-ray burst afterglows; GLORIA; SSON

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ISSN 1210-2709 (Print)
ISSN 1805-2363 (Online)
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