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The web-PLOP observation prioritisation system

  • Snodgrass, Colin
  • Tsapras, Yiannis
  • Street, Rachel
  • Bramich, Daniel
  • Horne, Keith
  • Dominik, Martin
  • Allan, Alasdair
Published Article
Publication Date
May 14, 2008
Submission Date
May 14, 2008
arXiv ID: 0805.2159
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We present a description of the automated system used by RoboNet to prioritise follow up observations of microlensing events to search for planets. The system keeps an up-to-date record of all public data from OGLE and MOA together with any existing RoboNet data and produces new PSPL fits whenever new data arrives. It then uses these fits to predict the current or future magnitudes of events, and selects those to observe which will maximise the probability of detecting planets for a given telescope and observing time. The system drives the RoboNet telescopes automatically based on these priorities, but it is also designed to be used interactively by human observers. The prioritisation options, such as telescope/instrument parameters, observing conditions and available time can all be controlled via a web-form, and the output target list can also be customised and sorted to show the parameters that the user desires. The interactive interface is available at

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