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The LBT double prime focus camera control software
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Paper Abstract

The LBT double prime focus camera (LBC) is composed of twin CCD mosaic imagers. The instrument is designed to match the double channel structure of the LBT telescope and to exploit parallel observing mode by optimizing one camera at blue and the other at red side of the visible spectrum. Because of these facts, the LBC activity will likely consist of simultaneous multi-wavelength observation of specific targets, with both channels working at the same time to acquire and download images at different rates. The LBC Control Software is responsible for coordinating these activities by managing scientific sensors and all the ancillary devices such as rotators, filter wheels, optical correctors focusing, house-keeping information, tracking and Active Optics wavefront sensors. The result is obtained using four dedicated PCs to control the four CCD controllers and one dual processor PC to manage all the other aspects including instrument operator interface. The general architecture of the LBC Control Software is described as well as solutions and details about its implementation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 September 2004
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5496, Advanced Software, Control, and Communication Systems for Astronomy, (15 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.555423
Show Author Affiliations
Andrea Di Paola, INAF, Rome Astronomical Observatory (Italy)
Andrea Baruffolo, INAF, Padua Astronomical Observatory (Italy)
Stefano Gallozzi, INAF, Rome Astronomical Observatory (Italy)
Fernando Pedichini, INAF, Rome Astronomical Observatory (Italy)
Roberto Speziali, INAF, Rome Astronomical Observatory (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5496:
Advanced Software, Control, and Communication Systems for Astronomy
Hilton Lewis; Gianni Raffi, Editor(s)

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