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The software upgrade of NICS
Author(s): Emanuel Rossetti; Vincenzo Guido; Ernesto Oliva
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Paper Abstract

NICS (the Near Infrared Camera Spectrometer) is a cooled near-infrared camera-spectrometer that has been developed in the late 90's at the INAF-Arcetri Astrophysical Observatory for the Ø3.5 m "Telescopio Nazionale Galileo" (TNG) at the La Palma Observatory. The instrument has been operating for regular scientific observations since the beginning of 2001. During the 2001-2007 period it has been used in about 410 nights yielding data which contributed to the production of 60 refereed papers which collected a total of more than 800 citations. At the age of 8 years, NICS is still among the most efficient and versatile infrared instruments existing worldwide. To improve its observational efficiency, we have designed and we are currently developing new control software and GUI interfaces. The former has been devised to optimize the low level tasks (in particular the motors controls), the latter to simplify the communications between the observer and the instrument. We give here a short description of NICS software upgrade.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 July 2008
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7019, Advanced Software and Control for Astronomy II, 70191R (15 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.789012
Show Author Affiliations
Emanuel Rossetti, INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Bologna (Italy)
Vincenzo Guido, Univ. di Bologna (Italy)
INAF, Telescopio Nazionale Galileo (Spain)
Ernesto Oliva, INAF, Telescopio Nazionale Galileo (Spain)
INAF, Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7019:
Advanced Software and Control for Astronomy II
Alan Bridger; Nicole M. Radziwill, Editor(s)

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