8 August 2016 Modernization of the Mayall Telescope control system: design, implementation, and performance
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Motivated by a desire to improve the KPNO Mayall 4m telescope’s pointing and tracking performance prior to the start of the DESI installation and by a need to improve the maintainability of its telescope control system (TCS), we recently completed a major modernization of that system based heavily on recent changes made at the CTIO Blanco 4m, as described by Warner et al (2012). We describe here the things we did differently from the Blanco upgrade. We also present results from the as-built performance of the new servo and pointing systems.
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David Sprayberry, Patrick Dunlop, Matthew Evatt, Larry Reddell, Shelby Gott, James R. George, John Donaldson, Robert J. Stupak, Robert Marshall, Behzad Abareshi, Deanna Stover, Michael Warner, Rolando E. Cantarutti, Ronald G. Probst, "Modernization of the Mayall Telescope control system: design, implementation, and performance", Proc. SPIE 9906, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes VI, 990608 (8 August 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2233177; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2233177
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