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An observatory control system for the University of Hawai'i 2.2m Telescope
Author(s): Luke McKay; Christopher Erickson; Donn Mukensnable; Anthony Stearman; Brad Straight
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Paper Abstract

The University of Hawai’i 2.2m telescope at Maunakea has operated since 1970, and has had several controls upgrades to date. The newest system will operate as a distributed hierarchy of GNU/Linux central server, networked single-board computers, microcontrollers, and a modular motion control processor for the main axes. Rather than just a telescope control system, this new effort is towards a cohesive, modular, and robust whole observatory control system, with design goals of fully robotic unattended operation, high reliability, and ease of maintenance and upgrade.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 July 2016
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 9906, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes VI, 990658 (27 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2233469
Show Author Affiliations
Luke McKay, Univ. of Hawai'i Institute for Astronomy (United States)
Christopher Erickson, Summit Kinetics Inc (United States)
Donn Mukensnable, Summit Kinetics Inc (United States)
Anthony Stearman, Summit Kinetics Inc (United States)
Brad Straight, Summit Kinetics Inc (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9906:
Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes VI
Helen J. Hall; Roberto Gilmozzi; Heather K. Marshall, Editor(s)

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