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SOAR telescope mount control unit upgrade project: introduction and status report
Author(s): Braulio Canciño; Michael Warner; Manuel Martínez; Rolando Cantarutti; Peter Moore; Norman Díaz; Omar Estay; Guillermo Dubó; Victor Aguirre; Rodrigo Leiva; Jonathan Elias; Cesar Briceño
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Paper Abstract

The Southern Astrophysical Research (SOAR) Telescope is a 4.1 meter aperture telescope situated in Cerro Pachon, IV Region, Chile. The telescope works from the atmospheric cut-off in the blue (320 nm) to the near infrared and has been designed to deliver the highest possible angular resolution at optical wavelengths. The telescope has an altazimuth mount which is controlled by the Mount Control Unit (MCU) system.

The SOAR Mount Control Unit Upgrade Project seeks to replace the current MCU in the SOAR telescope. The new control unit will be based on the National Instruments cRIO-9039 controller, which will allow to improve the telemetry, improve fault detection and use new digital control techniques.

This will allow a more compact and robust MCU. This paper introduces the project, shows the control architecture and the current status of the new MCU implementation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 July 2018
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 10700, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes VII, 107005G (6 July 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2309954
Show Author Affiliations
Braulio Canciño, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (Chile)
Michael Warner, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (Chile)
Manuel Martínez, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (Chile)
Rolando Cantarutti, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (Chile)
Peter Moore, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (Chile)
Norman Díaz, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (Chile)
Omar Estay, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (Chile)
Guillermo Dubó, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (Chile)
Victor Aguirre, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (Chile)
Rodrigo Leiva, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (Chile)
Jonathan Elias, SOAR Consortium (Chile)
Cesar Briceño, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (Chile)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10700:
Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes VII
Heather K. Marshall; Jason Spyromilio; Roberto Gilmozzi, Editor(s)

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