A distributed control system for the St Andrews twin photometric telescope
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Many astronomers require large amounts of observational data to solve astrophysical problems and to validate theoretical hypotheses. It is therefore imperative that both the observer and telescope work efficiently, maximising data collection whilst minimising object selection and acquisition time. One method in which this can be achieved is through telescope automation. The advent of cheap integrated process controllers enables the system designer to realise novel control system architectures which were previously prohibitive to all but the largest of sites. This thesis reviews the development of processor based control systems in the astronomical and industrial environment and compares distributed and centralised control system architecture. It describes the design and construction of one such distributed control system for the St Andrews Twin Photometric Telescope.
Thesis, PhD Doctor of Philosophy
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