25 July 2000 Night-time operations diagnostics at the Hobby-Eberly Telescope
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The Hobby-Eberly Telescope (HET) is an innovative, low cost 9- meter class telescope that specializes in queue mode spectroscopy. To observe astronomical targets, the HET uses a unique focal tracker system that employs complex robotic mechanisms to accurately point and track. In this contribution, we describe the electro-mechanical subsystems that have been designed and installed to monitor and diagnose this unique telescope's operations modes. These subsystems are designed to maximize the fraction of night-time hours that are devoted to science operations, optimizing the telescope's scientific output by quickly detecting problems and minimizing engineering overhead.
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Craig E. Nance, Craig E. Nance, James R. Fowler, James R. Fowler, Paul Tom Worthington, Paul Tom Worthington, "Night-time operations diagnostics at the Hobby-Eberly Telescope", Proc. SPIE 4010, Observatory Operations to Optimize Scientific Return II, (25 July 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.392511; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.392511
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