Panoptic Astronomical Networked Observatories for a Public Transiting Exoplanets Survey

A citizen science project that aims to make it easy for anyone to build a low cost, robotic telescope that can be used to detect transiting exoplanets.

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Overview

Due to the simplicity and low cost a PANOPTES "unit" can be built quickly and easily by students or amateur scientists. PANOPTES is designed from the ground up to be a citizen science project which will involve the public in all aspects of the science, from data acquisition to reduction. An entire exoplanet finding telescope can be built for about $5000 USD.

Software / Hardware

The philosophy behind the PANOPTES hardware and software design is to use as many commercial off the shelf (COTS) parts as possible as these are generally inexpensive and easily acquired. In addition, the PANOPTES design is kept as simple as possible as this makes the build process easier and means that the final product is more reliable.

Community

The PANOPTES community spans the world, from the founding members in Hawai'i to designers, builders and scientists in Europe, Australia, and North and South America. We're looking forward to our members in Africa and Asia! We use a variety of means to communicate, including a Google Group for announcements and a forum for discussions.

Partners

  • The MacArthur Foundation
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • NAOJ - Subaru Telescope
  • Google Cloud Platform
Project PANOPTES is funded in part through NASA’s Universe of Learning (UoL) Program via a subcontract with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. This material is based upon work supported by NASA under award number NNX16AC65A.

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.