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Paper: “KANATA”: 1.5-m Optical-Infrared Telescope Dedicated for Astronomical Transient Phenomena
Volume: 404, The Eighth Pacific Rim Conference on Stellar Astrophysics: A Tribute to Kam Ching Leung
Page: 69
Authors: Uemura, M., on behalf of the KANATA team
Abstract: Owing to the development of the Internet service, studies of astronomical transient phenomena have entered a new era, in which we can promptly receive and send the information about transients and variables. On the other hand, a sudden requirement for dense and long monitorings for them is still difficult for large telescopes. Here, we introduce our new observatory and telescope, which are developed exclusively for studies of various kinds of transients. Our 1.5-m telescope “KANATA” was installed at Higashi-Hiroshima Observatory in May 2006. Using unique instruments attached to KANATA, we can study transients in near-infrared wavelengths, with polarimetry, and with highspeed photometry. These observation modes have revealed totally new features of our targets, such as gamma-ray bursts, blazars, X-ray binaries, supernovae, and cataclysmic variables.
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