The telescope control system of the new solar telescope at big bear solar observatory

G. Yang, John Varsik, S. Shumko, C. Denker, S. Choi, A. P. Verdoni, Haimin Wang

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The New Solar Telescope (NST) is an advanced solar telescope at Big Bear Solar Observatory (BBSO). It features a 1.6-m clear aperture with an off-axis Gregorian configuration. An open structure will be employed to improve the local seeing. The NST Telescope Control System (TCS) is a complex system, which provides powerful and robust control over the entire telescope system. At the same time, it needs to provide a simple and clear user interface to scientists and observers. We present an overview of the design and implementation of the TCS as a distributed system including its several subsystems such as the Telescope Pointing and Tracking Subsystem, Wavefront Sensing Subsystem etc. The communications between different subsystems are handled by the Internet Communication Engine (Ice) middleware.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvanced Software and Control for Astronomy
StatePublished - 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
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


OtherAdvanced Software and Control for Astronomy
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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


  • Communication middleware
  • Control systems
  • Distributed
  • Solar telescopes
  • XML


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