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New Console Design: An Example
Author(s): C. C. Janes; W. G. Robinson
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Paper Abstract

Traditional telescope control uses rows of switches with individual wires carrying 110 VAC to relays and contactors that operate the various telescope functions. The operation of the control panels is seldom straight-forward and the design is customized for the application. Computer control is often added as an after thought with access provided by means of intimidating and cryptic commands from a typewriter keyboard. This paper reports on Kitt Peak National Observatory's experience with new console technology: using the computer to operate the telescope more reliably and efficiently and to keep track of telescope status for the observer, using solid state and serial techniques to minimize operator hazard and cabling expense while maximizing reliability, replacing the keyboard and customized control panel with interactive CRT video computer terminals to minimize capital expense and maintenance while making the human interface simpler and less error-prone.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 November 1982
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 0332, Advanced Technology Optical Telescopes I, (4 November 1982); doi: 10.1117/12.933524
Show Author Affiliations
C. C. Janes, Kitt Peak National Observatory (United States)
W. G. Robinson, Kitt Peak National Observatory (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0332:
Advanced Technology Optical Telescopes I
Lawrence D. Barr; Geoffrey Burbidge, Editor(s)

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