Here you will find information on how to communicate with the Abbey Ridge Observatory (ARO) by Twitter. You have to be authorized to interact with the observatory.

The Basics

The ARO tweets regularly as it is observing from the twitter handle @AbbeyRidgeObs. You can tell it is the observatory tweeting (instead of a human) when the tags #arosays or #aroreplies are used. The former is a general tweet to everyone. The latter means it is replying to someone's tweet.

You can communicate using either public tweets or direct messages (private).

Public Tweets

To get the ARO's attention, all tweets directed at it must include its Twitter handle @AbbeyRidgeObs in the tweet and at least one supported command #tag. All tweets that meet this criteria will cause the observatory to reply to your tweet, either:

  • acknowledging what you asked it to do is done
  • providing the requested information
  • or sending you an error message

You will also be tweeted when your requested image has been taken and a bit later when its available to be viewed. Look for completed images here

Twitter Direct Messages

@AbbeyRidgeObs and at least one supportedĀ command #tag.

All messagesĀ that meet this criteria will cause the observatory to reply privately to your message, either:

  • acknowledging what you asked it to do is done
  • providing the requested information
  • or sending you an error message

Important Note: depending on how your Twitter account is configured, you may have to follow @AbbeyRidgeObs in order to receive a reply.

You will also be publicly tweeted when your requested image has been taken and a bit later when its available to be viewed. Look for completed images here.

Commands

A complete list of supported commands is here.

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