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TAROT: Observing gamma-ray bursts "in progress”

By M. Boër, M. Bringer, A. Klotz, A. M. Moly, D. Toublanc, G. Calvet, J. Eysseric, A. Leroy, M. Meissonnier, R. Malina, P. Sanchez, C. Pollas and H. Pedersen


The primary objective of the Télescope à Action Rapide pour les Objets Transitoires (TAROT - Rapid Action Telescope for Transient Objects) observatory is the detection of cosmic Gamma-Ray Burst sources at optical wavelengths while still active in Gamma-rays. It features a very rapid slewing mount, a 25 cm aperture telescope with a $2\times 2$ deg. fov, and is able to reach the 17th V magnitude in 10 s. A powerful scheduling algorithm, and an automated data processing system makes TAROT a fully autonomous facility. TAROT entered into service during the fall of 1998

Topics: gamma-ray bursts, telescopes
Publisher: EDP Sciences
DOI identifier: 10.1051/aas:1999356
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