The new monthly MPC circular released – MPC 76679- 77124.
ISON-NM statistic for the previous month (September 7 – October 7):
Number of measurements: 17163
Measured objects: 4193
Discovered objects: 148
Sky coverage: 630 sq. degrees
Observing nights*: 28
* – include partial nights
This week at our observatory a program of automatic observations of optical transients began. Receiving notice of a gamma ray burst, the telescope automatically goes to the object and takes a series of images. This way, any ongoing observation program comes to a halt with the interruption of the exposure.
The first observation of a gamma ray burst in full automatic mode took place October 29. Our telescope began observations of the event just 77 seconds after receiving an urgent message about the gamma ray burst (alert). Unfortunately, this time it was not possible to detect the afterglow, but the best is still ahead!
In addition, in automatic mode we were able to conduct automatic observations of optical transients posted on the Transient Objects Confirmation Page – TOCP. At the moment two supernovas have already been confirmed.