spie's 1997 annual meeting

Conference 3112

Sunday-Monday 27-28 July 1997
Proceedings Vol. 3112

Telescope Control Systems II

Conference Chair: Hilton Lewis, W.M. Keck Observatory

Program Committee: Bernt Grundseth, Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope; Richard J. McGonegal, Gemini 8-m Telescopes Project; Nicholas P. Rees, Joint Astronomy Ctr.; Robert A. Laing, Royal Greenwich Observatory (UK); Gianni Raffi, European Southern Observatory (FRG); Robert I. Kibrick, UCO/Lick Observatory; William J. Welch, Univ. of California/Berkeley


Sunday 27 July

SESSION 1 . . . . Sun. 8:30 to 10:00 am

Telescope Status

Chair: Richard J. McGonegal, Gemini 8-m Telescopes Project

Introductory Remarks . . . . Sun. 8:30 am Progress on the UKIRT upgrades project, N. P. Rees, Joint Astronomy Ctr.; S. Hippler, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Astronomie (FRG) [3112-01]

NTT project: a field test of the VLT software and hardware, A. Wallander, J. Spyromilio, European Southern Observatory (FRG) [3112-02]

Galileo Telescope: control system, remote observing, and data management, A. Balestra, P. Marcucci, F. Pasian, M. Pucillo, P. Santin, R. Smareglia, C. Vuerli, Osservatorio Astronomico di Trieste (Italy) [3112-03]

Preparation for VLT software commissioning at Paranal, E. Allaert, G. Raffi, European Southern Observatory (FRG) [3112-04]

SESSION 2 . . . . Sun.10:30 am to 12:10 pm

Encoders and Servos

Chair: Bernt Grundseth, Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope

Selection of a tape encoding system for the main axis of the Gemini telescopes, J. D. Wilkes, M. Fisher, Royal Greenwich Observatory (UK) [3112-05]

Experimental tests of high-resolution incremental encoders, L. B. Robinson, R. I. Kibrick, J. Osborne, UCO/Lick Observatory [3112-06]

High-performance PID scheduler for the Arecibo Observatory secondary drive systems, R. Elias, C. J. Bonilla, J. Rodriguez, Arecibo Observatory [3112-07]

Simple high-performance servo control for the Arecibo secondary drive systems, C. J. Bonilla, R. Elias, J. Rodriguez, Arecibo Observatory [3112-08]

Fuzzy logic controller for electric motor driving the astronomical telescope, H. F. Soliman, Ain Shams Univ. (Egypt); A. A. Attia, National Research Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics (Egypt); M. A. L. Badr, Ain Shams Univ. (Egypt); A. M. Osman, A. A. I. Gamaleldin, National Research Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics (Egypt) [3112-09]

Lunch Break

SESSION 3 . . . . Sun. 2:10 to 3:30 pm

Support Software

Chair: Hilton Lewis, W.M. Keck Observatory

Instrumentation software toolkit: interface between telescope control and instrument control, J. Noumaru, Y. Mizumoto, G. Kosugi, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan; J. Kawai, I. Akiyama, Y. Kusama, Y. Morita, S. Iwai, Fujitsu Ltd. (Japan) [3112-10]

VLT data flow system: the NTT prototype experience, M. Albrecht, P. Ballester, K. Banse, A. M. Chavan, P. Grosbol, M. Peron, P. Quinn, European Southern Observatory (FRG) [3112-11]

Device abstraction in TCS IV, P. M. McGehee, Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Corp. [3112-12]

Route-finding algorithm for the optimal control of telescope slews, R. Prestage, F. Oliveira, Joint Astronomy Ctr.; J. A. Bailey, Anglo-Australian Observatory (Australia); P. Friberg, Joint Astronomy Ctr. [3112-13]

SESSION 4 . . . . Sun. 4:00 to 5:30 pm

Remote Observing

Chair: Robert I. Kibrick, UCO/Lick Observatory

BIMA remote observing and data archiving system, R. M. Crutcher, Univ. of Illinois [3112-14]

Remote observing with the Keck telescopes, A. Conrad, J. Gathright, W.M. Keck Observatory; R. I. Kibrick, UCO/Lick Observatory [3112-15]

Remote phasing of the multiple mirror telescope with far-field optimization, N. C. Mehta, C. W. Allen, consultant [3112-16]

*Poster authors will give a brief oral overview of their poster presentation prior to close of Sunday's sessions. Poster papers will be displayed all day Monday in the conference room.


Monday 28 July

Keck Telescope Remote Observing Demonstration Monday 28 July 7:00 to 8:15 am with Telescope Control Systems II Conference Chair: Hilton Lewis, W.M. Keck Observatory

A live remote observation using the Keck 1 telescope in Hawaii will be held on Monday morning. Standard observing methods using a subset of the normal observing tools will be demonstrated. This demo will complement the paper 3112-15: "Remote observing with the Keck telescopes" presented in Session 4 of the Telescope Control Systems II Conference.

SESSION 5 . . . . Mon. 8:30 to 10:10 am

Telescope Control Systems

Chair: Nicholas P. Rees, Joint Astronomy Ctr.

Portable telescope control system project, J. A. Bailey, Anglo-Australian Observatory (Australia); R. Prestage, Joint Astronomy Ctr. [3112-17]

General telescope control system for the Isaac Newton group, R. A. Laing, M. Fisher, Royal Greenwich Observatory (UK) [3112-18]

Large binocular telescope: the control system of the position actuators of the 8.4-m borosilicate honeycomb primary mirrors, L. Miglietta, V. Biliotti, Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri (Italy); C. Braccesi, Univ. di Perugia (Italy); V. Pante, Univ. of Florence (Italy) [3112-19]

Integration tests of the VLT telescope control system, G. Chiozzi, K. Wirenstrand, M. Ravensbergen, B. Gilli, European Southern Observatory (FRG) [3112-20]

User interface for the control of the Gemini telescopes, S. S. Smith, K. K. Gillies, Gemini 8-m Telescopes Project [3112-21]

SESSION 6 . . . . Mon.10:40 am to Noon

Ancillary Control Systems

Chair: Robert A. Laing, Royal Greenwich Observatory (UK)

Chopping secondary mirror control systems for the W.M. Keck telescopes, W. Lupton, W.M. Keck Observatory [3112-22]

Position-control for active secondary mirror telescope, C. Pernechele, F. Bortoletto, Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy); K. Reif, Univ. Bonn (FRG) [3112-23]

Control of the Gemini Cassegrain rotator, D. L. Terrett, Rutherford Appleton Labs. (UK) [3112-24]

User interface and control software for the HIRES image rotator on Keck-1, R. I. Kibrick, UCO/Lick Observatory; A. Conrad, J. Gathright, W.M. Keck Observatory; D. Tucker, UCO/Lick Observatory [3112-25]

Lunch Break

Posters--Monday

The following papers will be displayed all day Monday in the conference room. Authors will be present for discussion during lunch from 12:00 to 12:30 pm.

*Active friction compensation for telescope drive systems, M. Fisher, C. J. Carter, Royal Greenwich Observatory (UK) [3112-31]

*Communications challenge for the Gemini 8-m telescopes, J. Wright, F. Bull, Gemini 8-m Telescopes Project [3112-32]

*Control system of the FOCAS instrument for the Subaru Telescope, T. Sasaki, G. Kosugi, N. Kashikawa, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan; M. Yoshida, Y. Shimizu, Okayama Astrophysical Observatory (Japan); T. Takata, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan; T. Ozawa, Graduate Univ. for Advanced Studies (Japan); M. Iye, Y. Ydoumaru, K. Sekiguchi, E. Nishihara, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan [3112-33]

*NASA IRTF tip tilt secondary system, S. S. Smith, Gemini 8-m Telescopes Project; P. M. Onaka, NASA Infrared Telescope Facility [3112-34]

*Subaru observation control system, G. Kosugi, T. Sasaki, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan; T. Aoki, Kiso Observatory (Japan); J. Kawai, N. Koura, Fujitsu Ltd. (Japan); T. Kusumoto, Fuji FACOM System Corp. (Japan) [3112-35]

*Possible control and the testing of the telescope concave mirrors, G. M. Popov, Crimean Astrophysical Observatory (Ukraine) [3112-36]

*UKIRT fast guide system improvements, A. Balius, N. P. Rees, Joint Astronomy Ctr. [3112-37]

*Gemini mount control system: description and progress, J. D. Wilkes, C. J. Carter, M. Fisher, A. Foster, Royal Greenwich Observatory (UK) [3112-38]

*Data quality assessment database and world-wide web interface for the Hubble Space Telescope, C. Tullos, Space Telescope Science Institute [3112-39]

*Preliminary analysis on a robust pointing algorithm proposed for the gravity probe-B star tracking telescope, D. H. Gwo, Stanford Univ. [3112-40]

*Galileo high-resolution encoder system: performance and strategy for error compensation, D. Mancini, E. Cascone, P. Schipani, Astronomical Observatory/Capodimonte (Italy) [3112-42]

*Neuro/fuzzy controller to improve telescope performance, D. Mancini, E. Cascone, P. Schipani, Astronomical Observatory/Capodimonte (Italy) [3112-43]

*Galileo Telescope model identification, D. Mancini, E. Cascone, P. Schipani, Astronomical Observatory/Capodimonte (Italy) [3112-44]

*Telescope stability study using a variable structure controller, D. Mancini, E. Cascone, P. Schipani, Astronomical Observatory/Capodimonte (Italy) [3112-45]

SESSION 7 . . . . Mon. 2:00 to 2:40 pm

Instrument Control Systems

Chair: Gianni Raffi, European Southern Observatory (FRG)

Michelle ALICE mid-infrared control and data acquisition system for use on UKIRT and Gemini, J. Sylvester, D. A. Pickup, Royal Observatory Edinburgh (UK) [3112-26]

Design and use of the Gemini facility calibration unit, S. K. Ramsay Howat, J. W. Harris, M. Strachan, Royal Observatory Edinburgh (UK) [3112-27]

SESSION 8 . . . . Mon. 2:40 to 3:40 pm

Observing Scheduling and Planning

Chair: Gianni Raffi, European Southern Observatory (FRG)

Control software and scheduling of the Liverpool robotic telescope, I. A. Steele, D. Carter, Liverpool John Moores Univ. (UK) [3112-28]

Execution of queue-scheduled observations with the Gemini 8-m telescopes, P. J. Puxley, Gemini 8-m Telescopes Project [3112-29]

Science planning for the Gemini 8-m telescopes, S. Wampler, Gemini 8-m Telescopes Project [3112-30]

Remote observing with the Keck Telescope from California using NASAƕs ACTS satellite, P. L. Shopbell, J. G. Cohen, California Institute of Technology; L. Bergman, Jet Propulsion Lab. [3112-41]

X-Ray/UV Optics Working Group Meeting
Monday 28 July 7:30 to 9:30 pm

Chair: Richard B. Hoover, NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center

Thursday 31 July

Penetrating Radiation Working Group Meeting
Thursday 31 July 7 to 9 pm

Chair: Ralph James, Sandia National Labs.

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