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Paper: The Communication of Images from New Generation Astronomical Telescopes
Volume: 216, Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems IX
Page: 323
Authors: McNerney, P.
Abstract: New Generation Astronomical Telescopes (NGAT), a class of telescopes designed to be operated remotely and robotically, require efficient methods for communicating images over heterogeneous and low-bandwidth data networks such as the Internet. NGATs enable the allocation of time on a telescope to a diverse range of users having differing requirements. To satisfy these needs, research into novel ways of compressing astronomical images has been undertaken. Methods researched thus far involve the classification of astronomical images based on object parameterisation, progressive image transmission, and evaluation of existing image compression schemes. The methods being developed target the needs of users that include astronomers, schools and colleges, and Public Understanding of Science and Technology (PUST) displays.
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