Antarctic Bright Star Survey Telescope (BSST)

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The Antarctic Bright Star Survey Telescope (BSST) is an optical telescope built by University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) and Nanjing Institute of Astronomical Optics & Technology, China Academy of Science. It was installed in the Antarctic Great Wall Station in 2016.

The Scientific goal of BSST is for exoplanet survey. BSST has an aperture size of 300 mm and is equipped with a large-frame 4K*4K CCD camera to receive starlight from a 3.4◦×3.4◦ field of view.

Due to the harsh environment in the Antarctica, the control software is designed to be very stable and fully automated. A remote web interface is also designed especially for the low bandwidth, high latency satellite communication.