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RAPTOR-A Telescope

Researchers Katherine McGowan and James Wren inside RAPTOR-A, one of four robotic observatories in the RAPTOR system. The wide- and narrow-field telescopes mounted on the platform above them can be aimed at any point in the sky in less than 3 seconds. When RAPTOR’s computers detect a transient optical event in a wide-field image, they aim the narrow-field telescope at the event to take a close-up movie of it.

Researchers Katherine McGowan and James Wren inside RAPTOR-A, one of four robotic observatories in the RAPTOR system. The wide- and narrow-field telescopes mounted on the platform above them can be aimed at any point in the sky in less than 3 seconds. When RAPTOR's computers detect a transient optical event in a wide-field image, they aim the narrow-field telescope at the event to take a close-up movie of it.

 

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