The Antarctic Survey Telescopes (AST3, http://aag.bao.ac.cn/ast3/) consist of three 50/68cm modified Schmidt telescopes, equipped with 10k x 10k STA1600FT CCD camera. AST3 are designed for multi-band wide-field survey at Dome A, Antarctica with a FoV of 4.3 square degrees. The first AST3 (AST3-1) has been deployed to Dome A, Antarctica by the 28th Chinese Antarctic Research Expedition (CHINARE) team in January 2012, and is the largest optical telescope in Antarctica so far. AST3-1 started operation in middle March, when the polar day ended, but unfortunately stopped to work on May 8 due to some malfunction in the power supply system. Until then, AST3-1 had repeatedly surveyed nearly 2,000 deg^2 to search SNe with more than 3,000 60-sec exposures, and monitored several fields, including the center of Large Magellanic Cloud with > 4,700 frames, a field on the Galactic disk for transit with >3,000 frames and the Wolf-Rayet star HD 143414 with >1,000 frames. The data were retrieved by the 29th CHINARE team in April 2013, then have been processed by the Antarctic Astronomy Group in NAOC.
- Bin Ma, Zhaohui Shang, Yi Hu, Keliang Hu, Qiang Liu, Michael C B Ashley, Xiangqun Cui, Fujia Du, Dongwei Fan, Longlong Feng, Fang Huang, Bozhong Gu, Boliang He, Tuo Ji, Xiaoyan Li, Zhengyang Li, Huigen Liu, Qiguo Tian, Charling Tao, Daxing Wang, Lifan Wang, Songhu Wang, Xiaofeng Wang, Peng Wei, Jianghua Wu, Lingzhe Xu, Shihai Yang, Ming Yang, Yi Yang, Ce Yu, Xiangyan Yuan, Hongyan Zhou, Hui Zhang, Xueguang Zhang, Yi Zhang, Cheng Zhao, Jilin Zhou, Zong-Hong Zhu, The first release of the AST3-1 Point Source Catalogue from Dome A, Antarctica, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 479, Issue 1, September 2018, Pages 111–120, https://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/sty1392