26 July 2016 Wendelstein Observatory control software
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Proceedings Volume 9913, Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy IV; 99132G (2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2231399
Event: SPIE Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation, 2016, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Abstract
LMU Munchen operates an astrophysical observatory on Mt. Wendelstein1. The 2m Fraunhofer telescope2, 3 is equipped with a 0.5 x 0.5 square degree field-of-view wide field camera4 and a 3 channel optical/NIR camera5, 6. Two fiber coupled spectrographs7-9 and a wavefront sensor will be added in the near future. The observatory hosts a multitude of supporting hardware, i.e. allsky cameras, webcams, meteostation, air conditioning etc. All scientific hardware can be controlled through a single, central "Master Control Program" (MCP). At the last SPIE astronomy venue we presented the overall Wendelstein Observatory software concept10. Here we explain concept and implementation of the MCP as a multi-threaded Python daemon in the area of conflict between debuggability and Don't Repeat Yourself (DRY).
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Jan M. Snigula, Claus Gössl, Mihael Kodric, Arno Riffeser, Michael Wegner, Jörg Schlichter, "Wendelstein Observatory control software", Proc. SPIE 9913, Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy IV, 99132G (26 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2231399; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.2231399
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