26 July 2016 The AST3 controlling and operating software suite for automatic sky survey
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We have developed a specialized software package, called ast3suite, to achieve the remote control and automatic sky survey for AST3 (Antarctic Survey Telescope) from scratch. It includes several daemon servers and many basic commands. Each program does only one single task, and they work together to make AST3 a robotic telescope. A survey script calls basic commands to carry out automatic sky survey. Ast3suite was carefully tested in Mohe, China in 2013 and has been used at Dome, Antarctica in 2015 and 2016 with the real hardware for practical sky survey. Both test results and practical using showed that ast3suite had worked very well without any manual auxiliary as we expected.
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Yi Hu, Yi Hu, Zhaohui Shang, Zhaohui Shang, Bin Ma, Bin Ma, Keliang Hu, Keliang Hu, "The AST3 controlling and operating software suite for automatic sky survey", Proc. SPIE 9913, Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy IV, 99130M (26 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2231851; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2231851


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