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Selection of a tape encoding system for the main axis of the Gemini telescopes
Author(s): John D. Wilkes; Martin Fisher
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes the selection process for the encoding system of the main (azimuth and elevation) axes of the Gemini 8-m telescopes. The main part of this is the description and results of lab tests carried out on competing systems. Two tape encoder solutions existed, one based on an inductive tape and one based on an optical tape, but neither met all the requirements. The optical system provided the better error performance, but its robustness was questionable and it was difficult to interface to the rest of the Gemini servo hardware. The inductive system was already proven to be robust and provided a standard quadrature encoder output. However, the system didn't meet some of the performance requirements and was not supplied as a complete system. The lab tests were carried out to try and resolve some of these problems and to help arrive at a decision between the two systems. The results showed that the error performance of both systems, in the presence of compensation, was good enough for the telescope application. The final decision was based upon a formal tender exercise that compared many properties of each system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 September 1997
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3112, Telescope Control Systems II, (18 September 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.278836
Show Author Affiliations
John D. Wilkes, Royal Greenwich Observatory (United Kingdom)
Martin Fisher, Royal Greenwich Observatory (United Kingdom)

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

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