18 July 2014 ACS (Alma Common Software) operating a set of robotic telescopes
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We use the ALMA Common Software (ACS) to establish a unified middleware for robotic observations with the 40cm Optical, 80cm Infrared and 1.5m Hexapod telescopes located at OCA (Observatorio Cerro Armazones) and the ESO 1-m located at La Silla. ACS permits to hide from the observer the technical specifications, like mount-type or camera-model. Furthermore ACS provides a uniform interface to the different telescopes, allowing us to run the same planning program for each telescope. Observations are carried out for long-term monitoring campaigns to study the variability of stars and AGN. We present here the specific implementation to the different telescopes.
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C. Westhues, C. Westhues, M. Ramolla, M. Ramolla, R. Lemke, R. Lemke, M. Haas, M. Haas, H. Drass, H. Drass, R. Chini, R. Chini, "ACS (Alma Common Software) operating a set of robotic telescopes", Proc. SPIE 9152, Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy III, 915210 (18 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2054758; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2054758

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