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Upgraded control, acquisition program, and user interface for the Manchester Echelle Spectrometer at San Pedro Mártir
Author(s): Leonel Gutiérrez; J. Murillo; Fernando Quiroz; Maria H. Pedrayes; John Meaburn; Jose A. López
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Paper Abstract

We describe the recent upgrade of the Manchester Echelle Spectrometer, currently in use at San Pedro Mártir. This upgrade has included a user interface and a new CCD acquisition software. The spectrometer control is now done by a microcontroller, whose inputs are new sensors and encoders installed inside the spectrometer. The instrument control is now fully carried out from a graphical user interface running in a personal computer. The acquisition computer sends the images to the GUI through an ethernet link. In this paper, we present the general scheme and the programs developed for Linux (in C++ and Tcl/Tk) that permits an easy integral operation of the instrument, as well as the creation of scripts intended to the optimization of the observing run and the future interaction with the telescope and the guider. This upgraded system has been operated successfully during several campaigns in the 2.1-meter telescope at Observatorio Astronómico Nacional in San Pedro Mártir.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 December 2002
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4848, Advanced Telescope and Instrumentation Control Software II, (13 December 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.461588
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Leonel Gutiérrez, Univ. Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (Mexico)
J. Murillo, Univ. Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (Mexico)
Fernando Quiroz, Institute of Astronomy (Mexico)
Maria H. Pedrayes, Univ. Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (Mexico)
John Meaburn, Univ. of Manchester (United Kingdom)
Jose A. López, Univ. Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (Mexico)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4848:
Advanced Telescope and Instrumentation Control Software II
Hilton Lewis, Editor(s)

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