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Remote Observing Experiments At Kitt Peak National Observatory
Author(s): W. G. Robinson; P. L. Schechter; C. C. Janes
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Paper Abstract

For the past year Kitt Peak National Observatory has been conducting a pilot program of remote observing experiments. Observers who would ordinarily have travelled to Kitt Peak have instead observed from their home institutions. Three voice grade telephone lines are used. One line is used for voice communications with the telescope operator, another line is used to interface with the telescope computer which controls the telescope and instrument, and the third line is used to transmit a slow scan (34 second update time) television picture from the telescope field acquisition camera. Observers have found this system to be quite effective. Problems with telephone line noise have been encountered and several schemes for alleviating these problems are presently being implemented. Plans for more rapid video refresh rates over voice grade lines, the use of greater bandwidth communication links and the multiplexing of voice, data and video over single channel are presently being considered. The goal of the experiments is to investigate the effectiveness of this technique with respect to observing efficiency and cost savings.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 November 1982
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 0332, Advanced Technology Optical Telescopes I, (4 November 1982); doi: 10.1117/12.933525
Show Author Affiliations
W. G. Robinson, Kitt Peak National Observatory (United States)
P. L. Schechter, Kitt Peak National Observatory (United States)
C. C. Janes, 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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