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Proposed Instrument And Detector Systemsfor The 4.2m Telescope On La Palma
Author(s): Neil M Parker; Ian van Breda; Ralph Martin
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Paper Abstract

As part of the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory on La Palma in the Canary Islands, the Royal Greenwich Observatory is building the 4.2m William Herschel Telescope. It is scheduled for completion in 1986 when it will be commissioned with a complete suite of new instruments. The instruments will be equipped with modern electronic detectors developed from those currently being commissioned on the La Palma 2.5m Isaac Newton and lm telescopes. The number of instruments and detectors in use or available for use at any one time, together with the problems of handling large quantities of high-speed data, require an integrated system approach to be adopted. Particular features of this are the use of a large semiconductor memory external to the instrumentation computer, and the adoption of distributed processing and networking concepts. Emphasis is on achieving operational flexibility to match the anticipated high-quality optical performance of the telescope and excellent seeing conditions at the site.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 January 1984
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 0445, Instrumentation in Astronomy V, (9 January 1984); doi: 10.1117/12.966183
Show Author Affiliations
Neil M Parker, Royal Greenwich Observatory (England)
Ian van Breda, Royal Greenwich Observatory (England)
Ralph Martin, Royal Greenwich Observatory (England)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0445:
Instrumentation in Astronomy V
Alec Boksenberg; David L. Crawford, Editor(s)

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