The eScience Telescopes for Astronomical Research (eSTAR) Project is
a programme to build a prototype robotic telescope network
Version : 1.x.y
Author(s) : http://www.astro.ex.ac.uk/estar/pages/contacts.html
License : GPL
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The eScience Telescopes for Astronomical Research (eSTAR) Project
is a programme to build a prototype robotic telescope network, to
test computing infrastructure and software which could be used for
larger scale projects. The prototype will include telescopes which
out observing requests sent across the internet and a system which
performs rapid reduction of the data. Intelligent agents will then
the results and, if required, request follow-up observations.
eSTAR is a joint project between the Astrophysics Research
Institute at Liverpool John Moores University, the Astrophysics Rearch
of the School of Physics at the University of Exeter and the
Department of Physics at the University of Liverpool. It is funded as a
demonstrator project through the UK's joint Department of Trade and
Industry and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council's
e-science core programme.
Work is ongoing on the software front, some of the middleware
written by the project that we feel will be generally useful will be
the community under the GNU General Public License (GPL).
The Astro::ADS module is an object-orientated Perl interface to the
Astrophysics Data System (ADS) abstract service. The ADS is a
NASA-funded project whose main resource is an Abstract Service,
which includes four sets of abstracts: astronomy and astrophysics,
instrumentation, physics and geophysics, and Los Alamos preprint
As of November 2001, ADS discontinued support of its own adswww
Perl4 based library, in favour of the Astro::ADS module. It is
now the official way to access ADS via the Perl language.
The Astro::SIMBAD module is an object-orientated Perl interface to
the SIMBAD astronomical database. SIMBAD provides basic data,
cross-identifications and bibliography for astronomical objects
outside the solar system.
The Astro::DSS module is an object-orientated Perl interface to the
first and second Digital Sky Surveys at the ESO-ECF online archive.
While the first sky survey is 100% complete, the second survey
covers 98% of the sky in Red, 45% of the sky in Blue and 27% of the sky
The Astro::Corlate module is an pseudo-object orientated interface
to the Fortran 95 Corlate package. A F95 compiler is needed to compile
Corlate compares two CLUSTER format catalogue files, one typically
being the results of a new observation, and the other a reference
catalogue such as the USNO-A2. It returns an array of files with
information on any variable objects found during the cross-corelation
two catalogues. CLUSTER format files can be handled using the
A generic catalog object, along with wrappers to allow you to
connect to the online Guide Star Catalogue (GSC) and the USNO-A2
provided by ESO/ST-ECF. The module also allows read/write access to
ARK CLUSTER files.
A skeleton module demonstrating how we went about wrapping the
Globus API in Perl. Requires that Globus is installed.
The Globus Perl CoG module Grid::Info::Search, customised for use
with the eSTAR project. Requires that Globus is installed.
A module which parses Robotic Telescope Markup Language (RTML)
which is the communication protocol used between the agent and the
The current release includes only the testbed clients for the
intelligent agent (IA). The Field Correlation Client (FCC) is the
for the low level and middleware Perl classes and wrappers
underpinning the intelligent agent (IA) software.