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RTS2: a powerful robotic observatory manager
Author(s): Petr Kubánek; Martin Jelínek; Stanislav Vítek; Antonio de Ugarte Postigo; Martin Nekola; John French
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Paper Abstract

RTS2, or Remote Telescope System, 2nd Version, is an integrated package for remote telescope control under the Linux operating system. It is designed to run in fully autonomous mode, picking targets from a database table, storing image meta data to the database, processing images and storing their WCS coordinates in the database and offering Virtual-Observatory enabled access to them. It is currently running on various telescope setups world-wide. For control of devices from various manufacturers we developed an abstract device layer, enabling control of all possible combinations of mounts, CCDs, photometers, roof and cupola controllers. We describe the evolution of RTS2 from Python-based RTS to C and later C++ based RTS2, focusing on the problems we faced during development. The internal structure of RTS2, focusing on object layering, which is used to uniformly control various devices and provides uniform reporting layer, is also discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 June 2006
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6274, Advanced Software and Control for Astronomy, 62741V (27 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.672045
Show Author Affiliations
Petr Kubánek, Astronomický ústav Akademie věd České republiky (Czech Republic)
INTEGRAL Science Data Ctr. (Switzerland)
Martin Jelínek, Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucia (Spain)
Stanislav Vítek, Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucia (Spain)
Antonio de Ugarte Postigo, Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucia (Spain)
Martin Nekola, Astronomický ústav Akademie věd České republiky (Czech Republic)
České vysoké učení technické (Czech Republic)
John French, University College Dublin (Ireland)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6274:
Advanced Software and Control for Astronomy
Hilton Lewis; Alan Bridger, Editor(s)

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