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The SONG Project
Victoria Antoci (Stellar Astrophysics Centre, Aarhus University), SONG team (Stellar Astrophysics Centre, Aarhus University, Denmark)
SONG (Stellar Observations Network Group) is a Danish-led collaborative project set to design and build a global network of small telescopes that should specifically target the study of stars and planetary systems around stars. The objective was to develop a prototype of a new ultra-modern robotic telescope that would be inexpensive and efficient to run. The Hertzsprung SONG Telescope, i.e. the prototype of the SONG network, is located at the Observatorio del Teide (OT) of the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC) in Tenerife. The telescope is equipped with a high-resolution spectrograph aiming at ultra-precise radial velocity measurements and will have the capability of performing photometry using the Lucky Imaging technique. Here we present technical details and summarise our experience of 1.5 years of operations.