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Astron. Astrophys. Suppl. Ser. 138, 583-585

The Burst Observer and Optical Transient Exploring System (BOOTES)

A.J. Castro-Tirado1,2 - J. Soldán3 - M. Bernas4 - P. Páta4 - T. Rezek3 - R. Hudec3 - T.M. Sanguino5 - B. de la Morena5 - J.A. Berná 6 - J. Rodríguez7 - A. Peña7 - J. Gorosabel1 - J.M. Más-Hesse1 - A. Giménez1,2

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1 - Laboratorio de Astrofísica Espacial y Física Fundamental (LAEFF-INTA), P.O. Box 50727, E-28080, Madrid, Spain
2 - Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA-CSIC), P.O. Box 03004, E-18080 Granada, Spain
3 - Astronomical Institute, Academy of Sciences of Czech Republic, 251 65 Ondrejov, Czech Republic
4 - Czech Technical University, Faculty of Electronic Engineering, Department of Radioelectronics, 16627 Prague, Czech Republic
5 - Centro de Experimentación de El Arenosillo (CEDEA-INTA), Mazagón, Huelva, Spain
6 - Departamento de Física, Ingeniería de Sistemas y Teoría de la Señal, Universidad de Alicante, Alicante, Spain
7 - Nuevas Tecnologías Observacionales (NTO), Pozuelo de Alarcón, Madrid, Spain

Received December 29, 1998; accepted April 9, 1999


The Burst Observer and Optical Transient Exploring System (BOOTES) is considered as a part of the preparations for the ESA's satellite INTEGRAL, and is currently being developed in Spain, in collaboration with two Czech institutions. It makes use of two sets of wide-field cameras 240 kms apart, and two robotic 0.3-m telescopes. The first observing station (BOOTES-1) is located in Huelva (Spain) and the first light was obtained in July 1998. During the test phase, it has provided rapid follow-up observations for 5 GRBs detected by the BATSE aboard the CGRO. The system will fully operate in late 1999.

Key words: methods: observational -- gamma-rays: bursts

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