Design of a telescope pointing and tracking subsystem for the Big Bear Solar Observatory New Solar Telescope

John Varsik, G. Yang

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

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Abstract

The New Solar Telescope at Big Bear Solar Observatory will use a distributed system to control the telescope, dome, adaptive optics, thermal environment and instrumentation. The Telescope Pointing and Tracking Sub-system has the tasks of controlling the telescope dome and acting as a wrapper for the telescope mount software (provided by the mount manufacturer) and adding the specific control features needed for a large solar telescope. These include features for offset pointing to specific regions on the solar disk, safety interlock systems for the primary mirror, and provision for the alignment of the relatively small dome opening with the telescope optical axis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvanced Software and Control for Astronomy
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 17 2006
EventAdvanced Software and Control for Astronomy - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: May 24 2006May 26 2006

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume6274
ISSN (Print)0277-786X

Other

OtherAdvanced Software and Control for Astronomy
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL
Period5/24/065/26/06

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Keywords

  • Control system
  • Guider
  • NST
  • Software
  • Solar
  • Telescope

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