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15 July 2008 A component based astronomical visualization tool for instrument control
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For various astronomical instruments developed at the Max-Planck-Institute-Heidelberg there was a need for a highly flexible display and control tool. Many display tools (ximtool, DS9, skycat,...) are available for astronomy, but all this applications are monolitic and can't be easily enriched by plugins for interaction with the graphical display, and other functionalities for remote access and control of the instrument and data pipepline. It was developed on top of Trolltechs Cross-Platform Rich Client Development Framework Qt,1 the modern middleware Internet Communications Engine 2 from ZeroC and the template based SOA developer framework for astronomical instrumentation - NICE.3 The display tool is used on the Calar Alto Observatory (Spain) as a guider, for a wide field imager and guider at the Wise Observatory (Israel) and for the LBT interferometer Linc-Nirvana (USA).
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Florian Briegel, Jürgen Berwein, Frank Kittmann, and Alexey Pavlov "A component based astronomical visualization tool for instrument control", Proc. SPIE 7019, Advanced Software and Control for Astronomy II, 70191U (15 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.789150; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.789150
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