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Automatization of the guiding process in the GTC
Author(s): J. Molgo; C. Álvarez; J. A. Rodríguez-Losada; M. Huertas; R. Macías; D. Guerra; F. Ramos; T. Gaggstatter; H. Brito; H. de Paz
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Paper Abstract

The "Gran Telescopio Canarias" (GTC) is an optical-infrared 10-meter segmented mirror telescope at the Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos (ORM) observatory in Canary Islands (Spain). The GTC Control System (GCS) is continuously evolving to enhance the operational efficiency. In this work we present the new GCS subsystem to automatize the guiding setup process, both for Fast Guiding and for Slow Guiding. A set of restrictions (including vignetting and photometric computations) is used to select the stars appropriate for guiding, and a merit function is used to choose the best one. Then, the system computes the optical configuration that fits best the selected star, automatically performs the guide star acquisition process and it closes the guide loop.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 July 2016
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 9913, Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy IV, 99132F (26 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2231278
Show Author Affiliations
J. Molgo, GRANTECAN S.A. (Spain)
Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Spain)
C. Álvarez, GRANTECAN S.A. (Spain)
Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Spain)
W. M. Keck Observatory (United States)
J. A. Rodríguez-Losada, GRANTECAN S.A. (Spain)
Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Spain)
M. Huertas, GRANTECAN S.A. (Spain)
Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Spain)
R. Macías, GRANTECAN S.A. (Spain)
Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Spain)
D. Guerra, GRANTECAN S.A. (Spain)
Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Spain)
F. Ramos, GRANTECAN S.A. (Spain)
Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Spain)
T. Gaggstatter, GRANTECAN S.A. (Spain)
Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Spain)
H. Brito, GRANTECAN S.A. (Spain)
Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Spain)
H. de Paz, GRANTECAN S.A. (Spain)
Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Spain)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9913:
Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy IV
Gianluca Chiozzi; Juan C. Guzman, Editor(s)

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