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OCS: towards a more efficient telescope
Author(s): Jose Guerra; Jose San Juan ; Marcello Lodi; Nauzet Hernandez
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Paper Abstract

The OCS1 (Observation Control System) is a software architecture that allows automatic observations at the TNG2 (Telescopio Nazionale Galileo). It plays a critical role as it is responsible for orchestrating several devices and going through several heterogeneous software interfaces across the telescope. One successful key aspect of the OCS is the interface decoupling over the telescope devices in order to reach a high grade of automatism. The OCS architecture was successfully developed and installed at the TNG just before the arrival of HARPSN3 (more than 2 years ago) and has now reached a good level of maturity and flexibility. Using standard protocols like HTTP which allows a quick integration with new instruments and devices. At the beginning, when only two systems were connected to the OCS the HARPS-N scheduler and the TNG tracking system, other systems have been added to include more features, for example the service offered by the Active Optics system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 July 2014
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 9152, Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy III, 91521S (18 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2056498
Show Author Affiliations
Jose Guerra, FGG-INAF, Telescopio Nazionale Galileo (Spain)
Jose San Juan , FGG-INAF, Telescopio Nazionale Galileo (Spain)
Marcello Lodi, FGG-INAF, Telescopio Nazionale Galileo (Spain)
Nauzet Hernandez, FGG-INAF, Telescopio Nazionale Galileo (Spain)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9152:
Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy III
Gianluca Chiozzi; Nicole M. Radziwill, Editor(s)

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