Astronomical software directory

Category: Start / Management / Telescope Pointing
Programs to correct the telescope pointing.

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IPHASE  Popular
This is a TPOINT-like package for analyzing optical path-length in 2-telescope interferometers. Given delay-line readings for different stars, the IPHASE package determines the geometry of the interferometer, including the relative locations of the two telescopes or antennae and various runout effects in their mountings. The interferometer control system can use this information to improve the accuracy with which it can set the delay lines, speeding up fringe acquisition, especially for faint objects. IPHASE is a highly specialized tool, of interest to professional observatories which operate, or are developing, interferometer systems.
Addedd on: 09-Oct-2003
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PTCS  Popular
The Precision Telescope Control System is the combination of metrology systems, servos and control software which will deliver the pointing, collimation and surface accuracy required to operate the GBT at frequencies up to 115GHz (wavelengths as short as 3mm).
Addedd on: 12-Oct-2003
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STVRemote  Popular
Linux based GUI for controlling SBIG's STV Video autoguider. Currently keypress emulation is supported almost completely. Saving image files from STV to local disk is under implementation
Addedd on: 16-Oct-2003
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TPOINT  Popular
TPOINT is a unique software package which analyzes telescope pointing. It has been in use on major telescopes around the World for many years, from the Keck 10 meter telescopes downwards. The principle of operation is very simple - you look at stars spread around the sky, recording the telescope readouts on each occasion, and then feed the information into TPOINT. Using powerful but easy to use interactive modelling and graphical commands, you can then identify and measure misalignments and flexures in your telescope. This information can be used by your telescope control system to compensate for the various effects and so improve the pointing accuracy.
Addedd on: 09-Oct-2003
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