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Performance of the Lowell Observatory instrumentation system
Author(s): Brian W Taylor; Edward W. Dunham; James L. Elliot
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Paper Abstract

The Lowell Observatory Instrumentation System (LOIS) is an instrument control software system with a common interface that can control a variety of instruments. Its user interface includes GUI-based, scripted, and remote program control interfaces, and supports operational paradigms ranging from traditional direct observer interaction to fully automated operation. Currently LOIS controls a total of ten instruments built at Lowell Observatory (including one for SOFIA), NASA Ames Research Center, MIT (for Magellan), and Boston University. Together, these instruments include optical and near-IR imaging, spectroscopic, and polarimetric capability. This paper reviews the actual design of LOIS in comparison to its original design requirements and implementation approaches, and evaluates its strengths and weaknesses relative to operational performance, user interaction and feedback, and extensibility to new instruments.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 September 2004
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5496, Advanced Software, Control, and Communication Systems for Astronomy, (15 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.552511
Show Author Affiliations
Brian W Taylor, Lowell Observatory (United States)
Edward W. Dunham, Lowell Observatory (United States)
James L. Elliot, Lowell Observatory (United States)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5496:
Advanced Software, Control, and Communication Systems for Astronomy
Hilton Lewis; Gianni Raffi, Editor(s)

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