September 2010

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Robotic Capability

The main telescope at Newcastle Observatory now has robotic capability with the addition of ACP and ACP Scheduler.  The telescope, dome, imaging and guiding cameras, and focuser are controlled by scripted software so that astrometry and photometry can be performed unattended (i.e. without human intervention).  This automation includes shutting down all equipment and closing the dome shutter at the end of an observing run.

ACP Trial

I need to get the observatory automated.  There's lots of clear skies after I've long gone to bed, and I need to have the observatory working and collecting data autonomously. So I downloaded the 60-day trial version of ACP.