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LabVIEW Control Software for the UH-Hilo 0.9m Telescope. Jessica Solano Home Institution: University of Puget Sound University of Hawaii-Hilo Physics & Astronomy Department Research Advisors: John Hamilton & Bill Heacox. Presentation Overview. UH 0.6m Telescope & UH 0.9m Telescope

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LabVIEW Control Software for the

UH-Hilo 0.9m Telescope

Jessica Solano

Home Institution: University of Puget Sound

University of Hawaii-Hilo

Physics & Astronomy Department

Research Advisors:

John Hamilton & Bill Heacox


Presentation Overview

  • UH 0.6m Telescope & UH 0.9m Telescope

  • Problem: Telescope Control Software & LabVIEW

  • Design: Steps to Solution

  • LabVIEW Software

  • Results: Manual & Program

  • Conclusion: Benefits for UH 0.9m Telescope


Operated manually by hand paddle.

It’s not fully functional for researchers and students.

Used for Instrumentation Testing.

UH 0.6m Telescope

In 1968, the first telescope on Mauna Kea. Photo courtesy of Bill Heacox.


The New 0.9m Telescope

  • Upgraded to see modern astronomical images.

  • Electronically controlled from sea-level, UH-Hilo’s control room.

  • Available for the research of UH-Hilo students, including undergraduates.

Sketch of the 0.6m Telescope. Photo courtesy of Bill Heacox


Problem

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?

?

Photo courtesy of Bill Heacox.


Choosing LabVIEW

South African Telescope


LabVIEW Software: Front Panel and Block Diagram


Design Approach

UH 24 inch Telescope

UH 88 inch Telescope

IfA 16 inch Mauna Loa Telescope


Manually controlling the UH 0.6m Telescope. Photo courtesy of Bill Heacox.


Experiment and Record


Compiling Notes


BEFORE


AFTER


LabVIEW MANUAL


Conclusion

  • Easy-to-read LabVIEW Manual

  • Finding the first error in the system.

  • Program showcasing future features.

Students at the 0.6m Telescope. Given by Bill Heacox.


References

  • Jennings, Richard, and Gary W. Johnson. 2006. LabVIEW Graphical Programming. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.

  • Kring, Jim, and Jeffrey Travis. 2007. LabVIEW for Everyone: Graphical Programming Made Easy and Fun. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall.

  • National Instruments Corporation. NI Developer Zone. [updated 11 July 2007; cited 12 July 2007]. Available from http://zone.ni.com/devzone/cda/main.\

  • Schmitt, Stephen R. Converting Celestial to Horizon Coordinates. [2007; cited 16 July 2007]. Available from http://home.att.net/~srschmitt/script_celestial2horizon.html


Acknowledgements


Acknowledgements

  • John Hamilton, Bill Heacox, and Jay Slivkoff.

  • Physics and Astronomy Department at University of Hawaii-Hilo for their facilities.

  • Hilary O’Bryan, Sarah Anderson, Scott Seagroves, and Akamai Interns.

  • Funding provided through the Center for Adaptive Optics, a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center (STC), AST-987683.


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