The STELLA robotic observatory

Strassmeier, K. G.; Granzer, T.; Weber, M.; Woche, M.; Andersen, M. I.; Bartus, J.; Bauer, S.-M.; Dionies, F.; Popow, E.; Fechner, T.; Hildebrandt, G.; Washuettl, A.; Ritter, A.; Schwope, A.; Staude, A.; Paschke, J.; Stolz, P. A.; Serre-Ricart, M.; de la Rosa, I. G.; Arnay, R.
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Astronomische Nachrichten, Vol.325, Issue 6, p.527-532

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STELLA is a robotic observatory with two fully automatic telescopes (STELLA-I and STELLA-II) located at the Teide Observatory in Tenerife, Spain. Not only the telescopes are automatic but also the entire observatory, no human presence is needed for observing - not even in remote control. STELLA-I supports a high-resolution, fiber-fed and bench-mounted echelle spectrograph and a wide-field CCD imaging photometer while STELLA-II feeds a similar but wide-band imaging photometer and a testbed for prototype adaptive optics for robotic telescopes. The first telescope is scheduled for first light in November 2004, the second telescope for March 2005.