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Improving the effectiveness of 2-m-class telescopes through control systems redesign
Author(s): Nicholas A. Walton; P. S. Bunclark; Marion P. Fisher; Francis James H. Gribbin; E. L. Jones; Paul C. T. Rees; Guy T. Rixon
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Paper Abstract

The computing equipment of the 2.5-m Isaac Newton Telescope and the 1.0-m Jacobus Kapteyn Telescope is being upgraded to improve improve observing efficiency and ease of use, and to reduce maintenance and operation costs. These upgrades have been staged over a period of two years to reduce the impact on operations. Elements of this architecture will be used in the forthcoming upgrades to the 4.2-m William Herschel Telescope. The revised systems have allowed the introduction of a major new instrument for the INT: the Wide Field Camera, shortly to be equipped with a mosaic of four 4096 by 2048 EEV CCDs. On the JKT, the new equipment paves the way for remote operation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 May 1998
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3351, Telescope Control Systems III, (26 May 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.308837
Show Author Affiliations
Nicholas A. Walton, Isaac Newton Group (United Kingdom)
P. S. Bunclark, Royal Greenwich Observatory (United Kingdom)
Marion P. Fisher, Royal Greenwich Observatory (United Kingdom)
Francis James H. Gribbin, Isaac Newton Group (Spain)
E. L. Jones, Royal Greenwich Observatory (United Kingdom)
Paul C. T. Rees, Univ. of Wales/Bangor (United States)
Guy T. Rixon, Royal Greenwich Observatory (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3351:
Telescope Control Systems III
Hilton Lewis, Editor(s)

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