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Frank Grundahl

The SONG prototype: Efficiency of a robotic telescope

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The Stellar Observations Network Group prototype telescope at the Teide Observatory has been operating in scientific mode since March 2014. The first year of observations has entirely been carried out using the high resolution echelle spectrograph. Several asteroseismic targets were selected for scientific and technical verification. A few bright subgiants and one red giant were chosen since the oscillations in these stars have large amplitudes and the periods long enough to easily be detected. These targets would also be used for evaluation of the instruments since long term observations of single targets would reveal potential problems. In this paper the performance of the first robotic SONG node is described to illustrate the efficiency and possibilities in having a robotic telescope.
Original languageEnglish
JournalRevista Mexicana de Astronomia y Astrofisica Serie de Conferencias
Pages (from-to)54-58
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2016

    Research areas

  • instrumentation: spectrographs, stars: general, techniques: radial velocities, telescopes

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