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REMOTES: reliable and modular telescope solution for seamless operation and monitoring of various observation facilities
Author(s): M. Jakubec; P. Skala; M. Sedlacek; M. Nekola; J. Strobl; M. Blazek; R. Hudec
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Paper Abstract

Astronomers often need to put several pieces of equipment together and have to deploy them at a particular location. This task could prove to be a really tough challenge, especially for distant observing facilities with intricate operating conditions, poor communication infrastructure and unreliable power source. To have this task even more complicated, they also expect secure and reliable operation in both attended and unattended mode, comfortable software with user-friendly interface and full supervision over the observation site at all times. During reconstruction of the D50 robotic telescope facility, we faced many of the issues mentioned above. To get rid of them, we based our solution on a flexible group of hardware modules controlling the equipment of the observation site, connected together by the Ethernet network and orchestrated by our management software. This approach is both affordable and powerful enough to fulfill all of the observation requirements at the same time. We quickly figured out that the outcome of this project could also be useful for other observation facilities, because they are probably facing the same issues we have solved during our project. In this contribution, we will point out the key features and benefits of the solution for observers. We will demonstrate how the solution works at our observing location. We will also discuss typical management and maintenance scenarios and how we have supported them in our solution. Finally, the overall architecture and technical aspects of the solution will be presented and particular design and technology decisions will be clarified.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 September 2012
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 8451, Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy II, 84511I (24 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.926414
Show Author Affiliations
M. Jakubec, Astronomical Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (Czech Republic)
Czech Technical Univ. Prague (Czech Republic)
P. Skala, Astronomical Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (Czech Republic)
M. Sedlacek, Astronomical Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (Czech Republic)
M. Nekola, Astronomical Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (Czech Republic)
J. Strobl, Astronomical Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (Czech Republic)
M. Blazek, Astronomical Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (Czech Republic)
Czech Technical Univ. Prague (Czech Republic)
R. Hudec, Astronomical Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (Czech Republic)
Czech Technical Univ. Prague (Czech Republic)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8451:
Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy II
Nicole M. Radziwill; Gianluca Chiozzi, Editor(s)

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