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ORAC: a modern observing system for UKIRT
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Paper Abstract

The steady improvement in telescope performance at UKIRT and the increase in data acquisition rates led to a strong desired for an integrated observing framework that would meet the needs of future instrumentation, as well as providing some support for existing instrumentation. Thus the Observatory Reduction and Acquisition Control (ORAC) project was created in 1997 with the goals of improving the scientific productivity in the telescope, reducing the overall ongoing support requirements, and eventually supporting the use of more flexibly scheduled observing. The project was also expected to achieve this within a tight resource allocation. In October 1999 the ORAC system was commissioned at the United Kingdom Infrared Telescope.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 June 2000
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4009, Advanced Telescope and Instrumentation Control Software, (16 June 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.388393
Show Author Affiliations
Alan Bridger, Royal Observatory Edinburgh (United Kingdom)
Gillian S. Wright, Royal Observatory Edinburgh (United Kingdom)
Frossie Economou, Joint Astronomy Ctr. (United States)
Min Tan, Royal Observatory Edinburgh (United Kingdom)
Malcolm J. Currie, Joint Astronomy Ctr. (United States)
David Alan Pickup, Royal Observatory Edinburgh (United Kingdom)
Andrew J. Adamson, Joint Astronomy Ctr. (United States)
Nicholas P. Rees, Joint Astronomy Ctr. (United States)
Maren Purves, Joint Astronomy Ctr. (United States)
Russell D. Kackley, Joint Astronomy Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4009:
Advanced Telescope and Instrumentation Control Software
Hilton Lewis, Editor(s)

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