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AAVSO Acronym for the Day: AAVSOnet

Today's AAVSO Acronym of the Day is AAVSOnet – The AAVSO robotic telescope network

AAVSOnet is a network of remote, robotically controlled, and automatically queued telescopes for the use of AAVSO members. Several telescopes, located worldwide, are currently active and taking data right now. The entire network is founded on the generosity and dedication of AAVSO volunteers, donors and corporate sponsors. 

Even the telescopes in the network have acronyms to describe them!

BSM – Bright Star Monitor, several small (~60mm) telescopes located in Australia and the USA.
C30 – Coker 30cm telescope, located in Sutter Creek, California, donated to the AAVSO by Phillip Coker.
OC61 – Optical Craftsman 61cm telescope, located at the Mount John University Observatory in New Zealand.
SRO – Sonoita Research Observatory, a 50cm telescope located in a private facility in Sonoita, Arizona.
TMO61 – Tortugas Mountain 61cm telescope, part of the new Mexico State University Observatory, located on Tortugas mountain in New Mexico.

This is another example of the tools and programs the AAVSO provides to its members, observers and the astronomical community. Please help support these services by contributing to this year's Annual Campaign.

You can mail a check to AAVSO headquarters, or you can make a donation online. Just click the Donate Now button on our home page and select Annual Campaign in the drop down menu.


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