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Enabling schools and public access to the Liverpool Robotic Telescope
Author(s): Iain A. Steele; Andrew M. Newsam; C J Mottram; Paul McNerney
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Paper Abstract

Five per-cent of the observing time on the Liverpool Telescope (a 2-m robotic telescope sited in La Palma) will be set aside for public understanding of science. Schools access will be via, a queue scheduling mechanism, and public access via live Planetarium shows. We describe the development and performance of a generic Java message passing system to allow communication between the processes implementing the robotic control of the telescope and the remote processes that will be run at the Planetarium. We also describe an adaptive data compression algorithm to allow transfer of data back from the telescope in near real time and our software for Planetarium access which allows staff at the Planetarium to implement their own control system and display software. Finally we describe our hierarchical web-based system for schools to input observation requests and the image processing software we have developed to allow them to make quantitative measurements of the resulting data.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 June 2000
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4011, Advanced Global Communications Technologies for Astronomy, (2 June 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.387221
Show Author Affiliations
Iain A. Steele, Liverpool John Moores Univ. (United Kingdom)
Andrew M. Newsam, Liverpool John Moores Univ. (United Kingdom)
C J Mottram, Liverpool John Moores Univ. (United Kingdom)
Paul McNerney, Liverpool John Moores Univ. (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4011:
Advanced Global Communications Technologies for Astronomy
Robert I. Kibrick; Anders Wallander, Editor(s)

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