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Applications Of Microprocessors In Optical Astronomy
Author(s): R. Kibrick; T. Ricketts; L. Robinson
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Paper Abstract

Some applications of microprocessors at Lick Observatory are discussed. These include the use of an MOS Technology 6502 controlling a floppy disc to exactly emulate a magnetic tape (DECtape) system on our PDP-8I mini-computers. Other microprocessor applications in operation or under development include spectrograph controllers and an inexpensive control system for the Shane 3 meter Telescope. We also describe features of a new system for developing and debugging microprocessor controlled equipment. Our experience indicates that the costs of completing specialized equipment with hard-wired logic or with microprocessor logic are similar. A main advantage of the microprocessor appears to be that since the fraction of the cost devoted to hardware is so small, it will be economic to provide complete back-up systems for easy and rapid maintenance in difficult environments.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 May 1979
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 0172, Instrumentation in Astronomy III, (3 May 1979); doi: 10.1117/12.957108
Show Author Affiliations
R. Kibrick, University of California (United States)
T. Ricketts, University of California (United States)
L. Robinson, University of California (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0172:
Instrumentation in Astronomy III
David L. Crawford, Editor(s)

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