The STELLA robotic observatory

K. G. Strassmeier*, T. Granzer, M. Weber, M. Woche, M. I. Andersen, J. Bartus, S. M. Bauer, F. Dionies, E. Popow, T. Fechner, G. Hildebrandt, A. Washuettl, A. Ritter, A. Schwope, A. Staude, J. Paschke, P. A. Stolz, M. Serre-Ricart, T. De La Rosa, R. Arnay

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    STELLA is a robotic observatory with two fully automatic telescopes (STELLA-I and STELLA-II) located at the Teide Observatory in Tenerife, Spain. Not only the telescopes are automatic but also the entire observatory, no human presence is needed for observing - not even in remote control. STELLA-I supports a high-resolution, fiber-fed and bench-mounted echelle spectrograph and a wide-field CCD imaging photometer while STELLA-II feeds a similar but wide-band imaging photometer and a testbed for prototype adaptive optics for robotic telescopes. The first telescope is scheduled for first light in November 2004, the second telescope for March 2005.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)527-532
    Number of pages6
    JournalAstronomische Nachrichten
    Issue number6-8
    Publication statusPublished - 2004


    • Instrumentation: CCD photometry
    • Instrumentation: spectrographs
    • Stars: activity
    • Techniques: spectroscopic
    • Telescopes: robotic


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