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Night-time operations diagnostics at the Hobby-Eberly Telescope
Author(s): Craig E. Nance; James R. Fowler; Paul Tom Worthington
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Paper Abstract

The Hobby-Eberly Telescope (HET) is an innovative, low cost 9- meter class telescope that specializes in queue mode spectroscopy. To observe astronomical targets, the HET uses a unique focal tracker system that employs complex robotic mechanisms to accurately point and track. In this contribution, we describe the electro-mechanical subsystems that have been designed and installed to monitor and diagnose this unique telescope's operations modes. These subsystems are designed to maximize the fraction of night-time hours that are devoted to science operations, optimizing the telescope's scientific output by quickly detecting problems and minimizing engineering overhead.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 July 2000
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4010, Observatory Operations to Optimize Scientific Return II, (25 July 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.392511
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Craig E. Nance, McDonald Observatory (United States)
James R. Fowler, McDonald Observatory (United States)
Paul Tom Worthington, McDonald Observatory (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4010:
Observatory Operations to Optimize Scientific Return II
Peter J. Quinn, Editor(s)

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