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Improving the WIYN Telescope's pointing and tracking performance with a star tracker camera
Author(s): Jayadev K. Rajagopal; Daniel R. Harbeck; Charles Corson; Behzad Abareshi; Heidi Schweiker; Wilson Liu; Eric J. Hooper; Jeffrey W. Percival; Kurt P. Jaehnig
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Paper Abstract

We report on the implementation of a star tracker camera to improve the telescope pointing and tracking, at the WIYN 3.5 m telescope on Kitt Peak, Arizona. We base the overall concept on a star tracker system developed at the University of Wisconsin and routinely in use now for rocket and high-altitude balloon navigation. This fairly simple system provides pointing and station-keeping information, accurate to a few arcseconds, typically within a second.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 July 2014
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 9152, Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy III, 91521Z (18 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2056780
Show Author Affiliations
Jayadev K. Rajagopal, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Daniel R. Harbeck, WIYN Observatory (United States)
Charles Corson, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Behzad Abareshi, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Heidi Schweiker, WIYN Observatory (United States)
Wilson Liu, WIYN Observatory (United States)
Eric J. Hooper, WIYN Observatory (United States)
Jeffrey W. Percival, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison (United States)
Kurt P. Jaehnig, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9152:
Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy III
Gianluca Chiozzi; Nicole M. Radziwill, Editor(s)

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