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General Philosophy For The Control And Data Reduction For The Anglo-Australian And William Herschel Telescopes' Echelle Spectrographs
Author(s): C. J. Hirst; D. D. Walker; F. Diego; A. C. Fish; A. Charalambous
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Paper Abstract

Two almost identical echelle spectrographs are under construction: for the 3.9m Anglo-Australian (AAT) and the 4.2m William Herschel (WHT) telescopes. The versatility of the optical design requires the simultaneous control of many mechanical functions, so a high level of automation under computer control is essential. The control and data reduction software packages will be highly interactive and will be implemented at the observatories and at home institutions, allowing prospective users to test the feasibility of proposed observing programs. Then, at the observatory, the accumulating data can be preliminarily reduced allowing real-time decisions to be made. The data reduction package should find applications to echelle data generally and the control system may easily be adapted to other instruments.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 October 1986
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 0627, Instrumentation in Astronomy VI, (13 October 1986); doi: 10.1117/12.968152
Show Author Affiliations
C. J. Hirst, University College London (England)
D. D. Walker, University College London (England)
F. Diego, University College London (England)
A. C. Fish, University College London (England)
A. Charalambous, University College London (England)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0627:
Instrumentation in Astronomy VI
David L. Crawford, Editor(s)

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