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, David Sprayberry, Patrick Dunlop, Patrick Dunlop, Matthew Evatt, Matthew Evatt, Larry Reddell, Larry Reddell, Shelby Gott, Shelby Gott, James R. George, James R. George, John Donaldson, John Donaldson, Robert J. Stupak, Robert J. Stupak, Robert Marshall, Robert Marshall, Behzad Abareshi, Behzad Abareshi, Deanna Stover, Deanna Stover, Michael Warner, Michael Warner, Rolando E. Cantarutti, Rolando E. Cantarutti, Ronald G. Probst, 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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