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Key software architecture decisions for the automated planet finder
Author(s): Kyle Lanclos; William T. S. Deich; Bradford P. Holden; S. L. Allen
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Paper Abstract

The Automated Planet Finder (APF) at Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton is a modern 2.4 meter computer controlled telescope. At one Nasmyth focus is the Levy Spectrometer, at present the sole instrument used with the APF. The primary research mission of the APF and the Levy Spectrometer is high-precision Doppler spectroscopy. Observing at the APF is unattended; custom software written by diverse authors in diverse languages manage all aspects of a night’s observing.

This paper will cover some of the key software architecture decisions made in the development of autonomous observing at the APF. The relevance to future projects of these decisions will be emphasized throughout.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 August 2016
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 9913, Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy IV, 99134C (2 August 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2233295
Show Author Affiliations
Kyle Lanclos, Univ. of California Observatories (United States)
W. M. Keck Observatory (United States)
William T. S. Deich, Univ. of California Observatories (United States)
Bradford P. Holden, Univ. of California Observatories (United States)
S. L. Allen, Univ. of California Observatories (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9913:
Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy IV
Gianluca Chiozzi; Juan C. Guzman, Editor(s)

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