18 July 2014 Wendelstein Observatory control software
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LMU München operates an astrophysical observatory on Mt. Wendelstein1 which has been equipped with a modern 2m-class telescope2, 3 recently. The new Fraunhofer telescope has started science operations in autumn 2013 with a 64 Mpixel, 0:5 x 0:5 square degree FoV wide field camera,4 and will successively be equipped with a 3 channel optical/NIR camera5 and 2 fibre coupled spectrographs (IFU spectrograph VIRUSW6 already in operation at the 2.7 McDonald, Texas and an upgraded Echelle spectrograph FOCES7, 8 formerly operated at Calar Alto oberservatory, Spain). All instruments will be mounted simultaneously and can be activated within a minute. The observatory also operates a small 40cm telescope with a CCD-camera and a simple fibre coupled spectrograph for students lab and photometric monitoring as well as a large number of support equipment like a meteo station, allsky cameras, a multitude of webcams, in addition to a complex building control system environment. Here we describe the ongoing effort to build a centralised controlling interface for all hardware. This includes remote/robotic operation, visualisation via web browser technologies, and data processing and archiving.
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Claus Gössl, Claus Gössl, Jan Snigula, Jan Snigula, Mihael Kodric, Mihael Kodric, Arno Riffeser, Arno Riffeser, Tobias Munzert, Tobias Munzert, } "Wendelstein Observatory control software", Proc. SPIE 9152, Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy III, 91520H (18 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2055879; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2055879
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