The SPIRIT Telescope Initiative: six years on

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Now in its sixth year of operation, the SPIRIT initiative remains unique in Australia, as a robust web-enabled robotic telescope initiative funded for education and outreach. With multiple modes of operation catering for a variety of usage scenarios and a fully supported education program, SPIRIT provides free access to contemporary astronomical tools for students and educators in Western Australia and beyond. The technical solution itself provides an excellent model for low cost robotic telescope installations, and the education program has evolved over time to include a broad range of student experiences-from engagement activities to authentic science. This paper details the robotic telescope solution, student interface and educational philosophy, summarises achievements and lessons learned and examines the possibilities for future enhancement including spectroscopy.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings for the 36th Annual Conference of the Society for Astronomical Sciences
Subtitle of host publicationThe Symposium on Telescope Science and AAVSO Spring 2017 Meeting
EditorsRobert K. Buchheim, Jerry L. Foote, Dale Mais
Place of PublicationUSA
Publisher Society for Astronomical Sciences
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2017
EventAnnual Symposium of the Society for Astronomical Sciences - Ontario Airport Hotel, Ontario, United States
Duration: 15 Jun 201717 Jun 2017
Conference number: 36


ConferenceAnnual Symposium of the Society for Astronomical Sciences
Abbreviated titleSAS
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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