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Fully automated high-resolution spectroscopy at Swiss 1.2 m La Silla telescope
Author(s): Luc Weber; Andre Blecha; Geert Davignon; Charles Maire; Didier Queloz; Giovanni B. Russiniello; Gilles Simond
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Paper Abstract

A Ritchey-Chretien 1.2 m telescope (EULER) and the High- Resolution echelle Spectrograph (CORALIE), a new Swiss observing facility at ESO La Silla Observatory, are operational and since Summer 1998. The Observatory operation is fully automated and supports the unattended, attended and interactive mode of operation under local or remote control. The control hardware is based on Local Control Units (LCU) built from PC/RedHat Linux computers and a Unix Computing Server. The Operational Software is built around INTER, a command language interpreter featuring communication control, data access, image processing functions and easy access to external resources. The general SW architecture is a non-hierarchical tree of pairs made of hardware- independent interpreters running on the Observing Server and hardware dependent servers running on the LCU's. The Operational Software includes the full access (Creation/Modification/Retrieval) to the input/output databases, telescope, instrument and auxiliary set-up and control files as well as a full data-reduction pipeline. We describe briefly the system architecture, summarize the performances and the experience gained over 18 months of operation and we discuss some critical issues: use of standard components, parallel operation, real-time requirements, system upgrade and maintenance.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 June 2000
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4009, Advanced Telescope and Instrumentation Control Software, (16 June 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.388420
Show Author Affiliations
Luc Weber, Observatoire de Geneve (Switzerland)
Andre Blecha, Observatoire de Geneve (Switzerland)
Geert Davignon, Katholieke Univ. Leuven (Belgium)
Charles Maire, Observatoire de Geneve (Switzerland)
Didier Queloz, Observatoire de Geneve (Switzerland)
Giovanni B. Russiniello, Observatoire de Geneve (Switzerland)
Gilles Simond, Observatoire de Geneve (Switzerland)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4009:
Advanced Telescope and Instrumentation Control Software
Hilton Lewis, Editor(s)

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