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Remote access and operation of telescopes by the scientific users
Author(s): P. G. Edwards; S. Amy; D. Brodrick; E. Carretti; S. Hoyle; B. Indermuehle; D. McConnell; S. Mader; P. Mirtschin; B. Preisig; M. Smith; J. Stevens; R. Wark; M. Wieringa; X. Wu
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Paper Abstract

The Australia Telescope National Facility operates three radio telescopes: the Parkes 64m Telescope, the Australia Telescope Compact Array (ATCA), and the Mopra 22m Telescope. Scientific operation of all these is conducted by members of the investigating teams rather than by professional operators. All three can now be accessed and controlled from any location served by the internet, the telescopes themselves being unattended for part or all of the time. Here we describe the rationale, advantages, and means of implementing this operational model.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 August 2014
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 9149, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems V, 91490I (6 August 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2058794
Show Author Affiliations
P. G. Edwards, CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (Australia)
S. Amy, CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (Australia)
D. Brodrick, CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (Australia)
E. Carretti, CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (Australia)
S. Hoyle, CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (Australia)
B. Indermuehle, CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (Australia)
D. McConnell, CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (Australia)
S. Mader, CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (Australia)
P. Mirtschin, CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (Australia)
B. Preisig, CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (Australia)
M. Smith, CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (Australia)
J. Stevens, CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (Australia)
R. Wark, CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (Australia)
M. Wieringa, CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (Australia)
X. Wu, CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (Australia)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9149:
Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems V
Alison B. Peck; Chris R. Benn; Robert L. Seaman, Editor(s)

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