The “Telescopes from Afar Conference” on Remotely Operated and Robotic Telescopes

My colleague Rob Seaman told me about this conference in Hawaii. The past few years have seen enormous advances in robotic telescopes, and this conference was dedicated to describing these telescopes and the many science projects they are attacking; see the program and the presentations here.

The conference covered all aspects of robotic astronomy, including:

  • History
  • Economics and motivation
  • Instrumentation
  • Target selection, scheduling and queue observing
  • Event alerting and telescope networks
  • Monitoring and control of observatory systems
  • Examples of robotic observatories and retrofitting existing observatories for remote operations
  • Data handling, reduction, and verification
  • Weather and environmental sensing
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