The WASP project in the era of robotic telescope networks

D. J. Christian, D. L. Pollacco, I. Skillen, J. Irwin, W. I. Clarkson, A. Collier Cameron, N. Evans, A. Fitzsimmons, C. A. Haswell, C. Hellier, S. T. Hodgkin, K. Horne, S. R. Kane, F. P. Keenan, T. A. Lister, A. J. Norton, J. Osborne, R. Ryans, R. A. Street, R. G. WestP. J. Wheatley

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We present the current status of the WASP project, a pair of wide angle photometric telescopes, individually called SuperWASP. SuperWASP-I is located in La Palma, and SuperWASP-II at Sutherland in South Africa. SW-I began operations in April 2004. SW-II is expected to be operational in early 2006. Each SuperWASP instrument consists of up to 8 individual cameras using ultra-wide field lenses backed by high-quality passively cooled CCDs. Each camera covers 7.8 x 7.8 sq degrees of sky, for nearly 500 sq degrees of total sky coverage. One of the current aims of the WASP project is the search for extra-solar planet transits with a focus on brighter stars in the magnitude range similar to 8 to 13. Additionally, WASP will search for, optical transients, track Near-Earth Objects, and study many types of variable stars and extragalactic objects. The collaboration has developed a custom-built reduction pipeline that achieves better than I percent photometric precision. We discuss future goals, which include: nightly on-mountain reductions that could be used to automatically drive alerts via a small robotic telescope network, and possible roles of the WASP telescopes as providers in such a network. Additional technical details of the telescopes, data reduction, and consortium members and institutions can be found on the web site at: (c) 2006 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)800-802
Number of pages3
JournalAstronomische Nachrichten
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2006


  • techniques : photometric
  • instrumentation : photometers
  • stars : planetary systems


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