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Control file system of structured observing for the William Herschel Telescope
Author(s): Lewis R. Jones; David M. Branston
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Paper Abstract

Methods of observing where the observer continually interacts with the on-line system do not always make optimum use of the time available. Given the increasing pressure on observing time, it is now being recognised that both advance planning and greater automation of the observing process are vital in order to increase efficiency. The William Herschel Telescope, where all instruments and detectors are fully computer controlled, offers an ideal opportunity for building tools to help users improve the efficiency of their observing. The Control File system divides naturally into an off-line preparation and verification phase, and an on-line control phase. The off-line software consists of an 'intelligent' editor which allows the preparation of observing scripts which are syntactically correct. These scripts can then be checked and optimised according to pre-determined rules which can, for example, ensure that a minimum number of calibration observations are slotted into the programme and that the overall set of observations are in a sensible order to minimise telescope slewing.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 1990
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 1235, Instrumentation in Astronomy VII, (1 July 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.19103
Show Author Affiliations
Lewis R. Jones, Royal Greenwich Observatory (United Kingdom)
David M. Branston, Deltasoft Ltd. (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1235:
Instrumentation in Astronomy VII
David L. Crawford, Editor(s)

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