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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
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


Uh 0 6m 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
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
Problem

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Photo courtesy of Bill Heacox.


Choosing labview
Choosing LabVIEW

South African Telescope



Design approach
Design Approach

UH 24 inch Telescope

UH 88 inch Telescope

IfA 16 inch Mauna Loa Telescope



Experiment and record
Experiment and Record of Bill Heacox.


Compiling notes
Compiling Notes of Bill Heacox.


BEFORE of Bill Heacox.


AFTER of Bill Heacox.


LabVIEW MANUAL of Bill Heacox.


Conclusion
Conclusion of Bill Heacox.

  • 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
References of Bill Heacox.

  • 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_celestial2ho rizon.html


Acknowledgements of Bill Heacox.


Acknowledgements
Acknowledgements of Bill Heacox.

  • 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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