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Autonomous observatories for the Antarctic plateau
Lawrence, J. S.; Ashley, M. C. B.; Storey, J. W. V.
AA(Australian Astronomical Observatory, North Ryde, NSW 2113, Australia, ), AB(School of Physics, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia , ), AC(School of Physics, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia , )
Astrophysics from Antarctica, Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union, IAU Symposium, Volume 288, pp. 6-14
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Antarctic astronomy, site testing, autonomous observatory,
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(c) 2013: Copyright © International Astronomical Union 2013
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Antarctic astronomical site-testing has been conducted using autonomous self-powered observatories for more than a decade (the AASTO at South Pole, the AASTINO at Dome C, and PLATO at Dome A/Dome F). More recently autonomous (PLATO) observatories have been developed and deployed to support small-scale scientific instruments, such as HEAT, a 0.6 m aperture terahertz telescope at Ridge A, and AST3, a 0.5 m optical telescope array at Dome A. This paper reviews the evolution of autonomous Antarctic astronomical observatories, and discusses the requirements and implications for observatories that will be needed for future larger-scale facilities.

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