Automated Patrol Telescope

The Automated Patrol Telescope (APT) was a wide-field CCD imaging telescope, operated by the University of New South Wales at Siding Spring Observatory, Australia.

The telescope activated in June 1989.[1]

This was one of four (4) ROTSE telescopes around the World to detect Gamma ray bursts, with telescopes positioned in Australia, Namibia, Turkey, and Texas.[2] The telescope was designed for robotic use, with 45 cm aperture.[2] The telescope was converted for computer controlled operation and CCD imaging from an older retired Baker-nunn camera.[3] This is a type of modified Schmidt canera.[4]

The telescope has a field of view of 5 degrees by 5 degrees.[4]


  1. ^ "1990PASAu...8..377B Page 377". Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  2. ^ a b Director, RSAA; "UNSW Automated Patrol Telescope (APT)". Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  3. ^ Carter, B. D.; Bembrick, C. S.; Ashley, M. C. B.; Mitchell, P. (1 March 1994). "The University of New South Wales Automated Patrol Telescope". Experimental Astronomy. 5: 81–85. doi:10.1007/BF01583814. ISSN 0922-6435.
  4. ^ a b Grossan, Bruce; Perlmutter, Saul; Ashley, Michael (16 May 1998). "A search for gamma-ray burst optical emission with the automated patrol telescope". AIP Conference Proceedings. 428 (1): 909–913. doi:10.1063/1.55461. ISSN 0094-243X.

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