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Design and development of telescope control system and software for the 50/80 cm Schmidt telescope
Author(s): T. S. Kumar; R. N. Banavar
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Paper Abstract

In this paper, we describe the details of telescope controller design for the 50/80 cm Schmidt telescope at the Aryabhatta Research Institute of observational sciencES. The GUI based software for commanding the telescope is developed in Visual C++. The hardware architecture features a distributed network of microcontrollers over CAN. The basic functionality can also be implemented using the dedicated RS232 port per board. The controller is able to perform with negligible rms velocity errors. At fine speeds limit cycles are exhibited due to nonlinear friction. At speeds over 3.90 × 10-02 radians/sec, the PI controller performs with peak errors less than 1%.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 September 2012
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 8444, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes IV, 84445O (17 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.925243
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T. S. Kumar, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (India)
Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (India)
R. N. Banavar, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (India)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8444:
Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes IV
Larry M. Stepp; Roberto Gilmozzi; Helen J. Hall, Editor(s)

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