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Design of a telescope control system using an ARM microcontroller with embedded RTOS
Author(s): Cristian R. Peñuela Pico; Fabian A. Atara Montañez; Juan C. Cuervo; Jesus Gonzalez-Llorente
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Paper Abstract

This work presents the design of a wireless control system that allows driving all the necessary instruments to control the orientation of an equatorial mounting telescope through a real time operative system (RTOS) that runs over ARM microcontroller. The control system is commanded through a user-interface which works under Android platform giving the user the option to control the tracking mode, right ascension, and declination. The system was successfully deployed and tested during a one-hour observation of the Moon. The frequency measured by the oscilloscope is 66.67 Hz which equals the sidereal speed. The telescope control systems allows the user to have a better precision when locating a star but also to cover long-duration tracking processes

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 August 2014
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 9143, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2014: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 91434Q (2 August 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2056771
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Cristian R. Peñuela Pico, Univ. Sergio Arboleda (Colombia)
Fabian A. Atara Montañez, Univ. Sergio Arboleda (Colombia)
Juan C. Cuervo, Univ. Sergio Arboleda (Colombia)
Jesus Gonzalez-Llorente, Univ. Sergio Arboleda (Colombia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9143:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2014: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave
Jacobus M. Oschmann Jr.; Mark Clampin; Giovanni G. Fazio; Howard A. MacEwen, Editor(s)

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