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Monitoring the performance of the Southern African Large Telescope
Author(s): Christian Hettlage; Chris Coetzee; Petri Väisänen; Encarni Romero Colmenero; Steven M. Crawford; Paul Kotze; Paul Rabe; Stephen Hulme; Janus Brink; Deneys Maartens; Keith Browne; Ockert Strydom; David De Bruyn
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Paper Abstract

The efficient operation of a telescope requires awareness of its performance on a daily and long-term basis. This paper outlines the Fault Tracker, WebSAMMI and the Dashboard used by the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) to achieve this aim. Faults are mostly logged automatically, but the Fault Tracker allows users to add and edit faults. The SALT Astronomer and SALT Operator record weather conditions and telescope usage with WebSAMMI. Various efficiency metrics are shown for different time periods on the Dashboard. A kiosk mode for displaying on a public screen is included. Possible applications for other telescopes are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 July 2016
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9910, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VI, 99102M (11 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2230484
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Christian Hettlage, South African Astronomical Observatory (South Africa)
SALT Foundation Pty. Ltd. (South Africa)
Chris Coetzee, South African Astronomical Observatory (South Africa)
SALT Foundation Pty. Ltd. (South Africa)
Petri Väisänen, South African Astronomical Observatory (South Africa)
SALT Foundation Pty. Ltd. (South Africa)
Encarni Romero Colmenero, South African Astronomical Observatory (South Africa)
SALT Foundation Pty. Ltd. (South Africa)
Steven M. Crawford, South African Astronomical Observatory (South Africa)
SALT Foundation Pty. Ltd. (South Africa)
Paul Kotze, South African Astronomical Observatory (South Africa)
SALT Foundation Pty. Ltd. (South Africa)
Paul Rabe, South African Astronomical Observatory (South Africa)
SALT Foundation Pty. Ltd. (South Africa)
Stephen Hulme, SALT Foundation Pty. Ltd. (South Africa)
Janus Brink, South African Astronomical Observatory (South Africa)
SALT Foundation Pty. Ltd. (South Africa)
Deneys Maartens, South African Astronomical Observatory (South Africa)
SALT Foundation Pty. Ltd. (South Africa)
Keith Browne, South African Astronomical Observatory (South Africa)
SALT Foundation Pty. Ltd. (South Africa)
Ockert Strydom, South African Astronomical Observatory (South Africa)
SALT Foundation Pty. Ltd. (South Africa)
David De Bruyn, Amazon (South Africa)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9910:
Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VI
Alison B. Peck; Robert L. Seaman; Chris R. Benn, Editor(s)

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