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Science planning for the Gemini 8-m telescopes
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Paper Abstract

The new 8-meter class telescopes represent large investments by the development communities. This means that these telescopes must be operated efficiently to provide the best possible return on these investments and a great deal of effort has been made to provide control software that supports effective use of the telescopes. However, efficient use must be more than just keeping the telescopes operating; it is important that observers be provided tools that enable them work effectively. The Gemini 8 m Telescopes have developed a strategy for helping astronomers plan observations through the design of science programs. While there are a number of unique aspects to this strategy, this paper focuses on the methods used as the foundation for connecting astronomers to the facilities of the observatories during the design of science programs. The methods under development take advantage of emerging Internet technologies to help reduce the maintenance issues normally associated with supporting remote sites, while freeing users from many of the performance problems associated with web-based solutions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 September 1997
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3112, Telescope Control Systems II, (18 September 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.278826
Show Author Affiliations
Stephen Wampler, Gemini 8-m Telescopes Project (United States)
Kim K. Gillies, Gemini 8-m Telescopes Project (United States)
Phil J. Puxley, Gemini 8-m Telescopes Project (United States)
Shane Walker, Gemini 8-m Telescopes Project (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3112:
Telescope Control Systems II
Hilton Lewis, Editor(s)

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