Autonomous observatories for the antarctic plateau

J. S. Lawrence*, M. C. B. Ashley, J. W. V. Storey

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6-14
Number of pages9
JournalProceedings of the International Astronomical Union
Issue numberS288
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2012
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Astronomical Union Symposium (288th : 2012): Astrophysics from Antarctica - Beijing, China
Duration: 20 Aug 201224 Aug 2012
Conference number: 288


  • Antarctic astronomy
  • autonomous observatory
  • site testing


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