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ARDOLORES: an Arduino based motors control system for DOLORES
Author(s): Manuel Gonzalez; H. Ventura; J. San Juan; L. Di Fabrizio
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Paper Abstract

We present ARDOLORES a custom made motor control system for the DOLORES instrument in use at the TNG telescope. ARDOLORES replaced the original PMAC based motor control system at a fraction of the cost. The whole system is composed by one master Arduino ONE with its Ethernet shield, to handle the communications with the external world through an Ethernet socket, and by one Arduino ONE with its custom motor shield for each axis to be controlled. The communication between the master and slaves Arduinos is made possible through the I2C bus. Also a Java web-service has been written to control the motors from an higher level and provides an external API for the scientific GUI. The system has been working since January 2012 handling the DOLORES motors and has demonstrated to be stable, reliable, and with easy maintenance in both the hardware and the software parts.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 July 2014
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 9147, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy V, 91474X (24 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2055938
Show Author Affiliations
Manuel Gonzalez, Telescopio Nazionale Galileo (Spain)
H. Ventura, Telescopio Nazionale Galileo (Spain)
J. San Juan, Telescopio Nazionale Galileo (Spain)
L. Di Fabrizio, Telescopio Nazionale Galileo (Spain)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9147:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy V
Suzanne K. Ramsay; Ian S. McLean; Hideki Takami, Editor(s)

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