6 August 2014 Remote access and operation of telescopes by the scientific users
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The Australia Telescope National Facility operates three radio telescopes: the Parkes 64m Telescope, the Australia Telescope Compact Array (ATCA), and the Mopra 22m Telescope. Scientific operation of all these is conducted by members of the investigating teams rather than by professional operators. All three can now be accessed and controlled from any location served by the internet, the telescopes themselves being unattended for part or all of the time. Here we describe the rationale, advantages, and means of implementing this operational model.
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P. G. Edwards, S. Amy, D. Brodrick, E. Carretti, S. Hoyle, B. Indermuehle, D. McConnell, S. Mader, P. Mirtschin, B. Preisig, M. Smith, J. Stevens, R. Wark, M. Wieringa, X. Wu, "Remote access and operation of telescopes by the scientific users", Proc. SPIE 9149, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems V, 91490I (6 August 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2058794; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2058794
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