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Active remote observing system for the 1-m telescope at Tonantzintla Observatory
Author(s): Abel Bernal; Luis A. Martínez; Héctor Hernández; Fernando Garfias; Fernando Ángeles
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Paper Abstract

We have designed and installed a new active remote observing system for the 1-m, f/15 telescope at the Tonantzintla Observatory. This remote system is operated in real-time through the Internet, allowing an observer to control the building, the telescope (pointing, guiding and focusing) and the CCD image acquisition at the main and finder telescopes from the Instituto de Astronomia headquarters in Mexico City (150 KM away). The whole system was modeled within the Unified Modeling Language (UML) and the design has proved to be versatile enough for a variety of astronomical instruments. We describe the system architecture and how different subsystems (telescope control, main telescope and finder image acquisition, weather station, videoconference, etc.) that are based on different operative system platforms (Linux, Windows, uIP) have been integrated. We present the first results of an IPv6 over IPv4 tunnel. Recent remote direct imaging and spectroscopic observations have been used to test the astronomical site. We conclude that this remote system is an excellent tool for supporting research and graduated observational astronomy programs.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 June 2006
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 6274, Advanced Software and Control for Astronomy, 62741R (27 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.671899
Show Author Affiliations
Abel Bernal, Univ. Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico)
Luis A. Martínez, Univ. Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico)
Héctor Hernández, Univ. Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico)
Fernando Garfias, Univ. Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico)
Fernando Ángeles, Univ. Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6274:
Advanced Software and Control for Astronomy
Hilton Lewis; Alan Bridger, Editor(s)

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