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RTS2: meta-queues scheduling and its realisation for FLWO 1.2m telescope
Author(s): Petr Kubánek; Emilio Falco; Martin Jelínek; Michael Prouza; Jan Štrobl; Martin Fuchs; Javier Gorosabel
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Paper Abstract

RTS2, or Remote Telescope System 2nd Version, is an open-source, distributed and modular observatory control system. During the course of its development lasting over a decade, the original goal to develop software capable of searches for optical transients of γ-ray bursts changed to develop a system for full control of large observatories executing complex observing scenarios. In this presentation, we would like to share our experience with meta-queues scheduling, developed primarily for automation of the FLWO 1.2m telescope. Meta-queues scheduling allows observers to quickly build and com- bine dierent observational scenarios, while still retaining ToO and weather interruption capabilities. Thanks to the queues and scheduling graphical user interface, observers can use the system without the need to under- stand complex functions used in the traditional merit function scheduling. By combining meta-queues and merit function scheduling, observatories can oer dierent options to schedule their observations to their users, so the acquired data will match the observers' expectations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 September 2012
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 8448, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems IV, 844811 (13 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.926839
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Petr Kubánek, Institute of Physics of the ASCR, v.v.i. (Czech Republic)
Emilio Falco, SAO/FLWO (United States)
Martin Jelínek, Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía, CSIC (Spain)
Michael Prouza, Institute of Physics of the ASCR, v.v.i. (Czech Republic)
Jan Štrobl, Astronomical Institute of the ASCR, v.v.i. (Czech Republic)
Martin Fuchs, Štefánik Observatory (Czech Republic)
Javier Gorosabel, Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía, CSIC (Spain)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8448:
Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems IV
Alison B. Peck; Robert L. Seaman; Fernando Comeron, Editor(s)

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