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Alt-Az telescope control system standardization attempt: case study of the TT1 (Toppo Telescope #1) control system
Author(s): Dario Mancini; Massimo Brescia; Gianfranco Spirito
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Paper Abstract

The TT1 is a 1.54 m Alt-Az telescope designed and built by the Technology Working Group of the Astronomical Observatory of Capodimonte, Naples, Italy. The standardization process is of course one of the fundamental requirements for telescope control system design and development, well considered in the TT1 design. In this paper we present the approach used to identify a control system applicable to medium-size Alt-Az telescope. The TT1 control system architecture is based on a distributed working flow and it is PC-based, i.e. organized in several interconnected standard PCs and standard fast communication protocol. Every PC is based on the 'dedicated processing unit' concept and it makes real time own tasks independently by other units. Also, the extremely reduced communication flow between PCs, and the internal organization based on the preference given to software rather than hardware solutions, makes its control system extremely reliable, easily reconfigurable and upgradable, obsolescence deprived and independent from any hardware choice.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 May 1998
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 3351, Telescope Control Systems III, (26 May 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.308834
Show Author Affiliations
Dario Mancini, Astronomical Observatory of Capodimonte (Italy)
Massimo Brescia, Astronomical Observatory of Capodimonte (Italy)
Gianfranco Spirito, Astronomical Observatory of Capodimonte (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3351:
Telescope Control Systems III
Hilton Lewis, Editor(s)

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