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SOAR control systems operation: OCS and TCS
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Paper Abstract

The SOAR Telescope Project has developed a highly integrated Telescope and Observatory Control System, written in the LabVIEW graphical "G" language. A "plug-in" architecture and the ease of developing GUIs in LabVIEW has lead to a design and implementation that gives the operators flexibility, ease of use and a clear visual insight into the complex interactions of the many subsystems of a modern telescope. Care has been taken to abstract the many complexities into displays and controls that allows the operators to concentrate more on the functional operation of the telescope and observatory, and less on the intricacies of the various subsystems hardware. The User Interface includes many innovative features to make the operator?s job easier. Our process methodology for developing the TCS/OCS and continuous peer review/revision are enabling us to exceed SOAR's requirements and create a TCS/OCS that can easily be applied to other telescopes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 December 2002
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4848, Advanced Telescope and Instrumentation Control Software II, (13 December 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.463559
Show Author Affiliations
Michael C. Ashe, SOAR Consortium (Chile)
Germán Schumacher, SOAR Consortium (Chile)
Thomas A. Sebring, SOAR Consortium (Chile)

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

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