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An off-the-shelf guider for the Palomar 200-inch telescope: interfacing amateur astronomy software with professional telescopes for an easy life
Author(s): Fraser Clarke; James Lynn; Niranjan Thatte; Matthias Tecza
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Paper Abstract

We have developed a simple but effective guider for use with the Oxford-SWIFT integral field spectrograph on the Palomar 200-inch telescope. The guider uses mainly off-the-shelf components, including commercial amateur astronomy software to interface with the CCD camera, calculating guiding corrections, and send guide commands to the telescope. The only custom piece of software is an driver to provide an interface between the Palomar telescope control system and the industry standard 'ASCOM' system. Using existing commercial software provided a very cheap guider (<$5000) with minimal (<15 minutes) commissioning time. The final system provides sub-arcsecond guiding, and could easily be adapted to any other professional telescope

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 July 2014
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 9147, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy V, 91472G (28 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2054884
Show Author Affiliations
Fraser Clarke, Univ. of Oxford (United Kingdom)
James Lynn, Univ. of Oxford (United Kingdom)
Niranjan Thatte, Univ. of Oxford (United Kingdom)
Matthias Tecza, Univ. of Oxford (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9147:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy V
Suzanne K. Ramsay; Ian S. McLean; Hideki Takami, Editor(s)

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