27 July 2016 A new telescope control system for the Telescopio Nazionale Galileo II: azimuth and elevation axes
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TNG is a 4m class active optics telescope at the Observatory of Roque de Los Muchachos. In the framework of keeping optimum performances during observation and continuous reliability the telescope control system (TCS) of the TNG is going through a deep upgrade after nearly 20 years of service. The original glass encoders and bulb lamp heads are substituted with modern steel scale drums and scanning units. The obsolete electronic racks and computers for the control loops are replaced with modern and compact commercial drivers with a net improvement in the motors torque ripple. In order to minimize the impact on the number of nights lost during the mechanical and electronic changes in the TCS the new TCS is developed and tested in parallel to the existing one and three steps will be taken to achieve the full upgrade. We describe here the second step that affected the main axes of the telescope, AZ and EL.
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Adriano Ghedina, Adriano Ghedina, Manuel Gonzalez, Manuel Gonzalez, Héctor Pérez Ventura, Héctor Pérez Ventura, A. Luis Riverol Rodríguez, A. Luis Riverol Rodríguez, } "A new telescope control system for the Telescopio Nazionale Galileo II: azimuth and elevation axes", Proc. SPIE 9906, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes VI, 990643 (27 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2234575; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2234575
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