A control system of a mini survey facility for photometric monitoring

Hironori Tsutsui, Kenshi Yanagisawa, Hideyuki Izumiura, Yasuhiro Shimizu, Takumi Hanaue, Yoshifusa Ita, Takashi Ichikawa, Takahiro Komiyama

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We have built a control system for a mini survey facility dedicated to photometric monitoring of nearby bright (K<5) stars in the near-infrared region. The facility comprises a 4-m-diameter rotating dome and a small (30-mm aperture) wide-field (5 × 5 sq. deg. field of view) infrared (1.0-2.5 microns) camera on an equatorial fork mount, as well as power sources and other associated equipment. All the components other than the camera are controlled by microcomputerbased I/O boards that were developed in-house and are in many of the open-use instruments in our observatory. We present the specifications and configuration of the facility hardware, as well as the structure of its control software.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGround-Based and Airborne Telescopes VI
EditorsHeather K. Marshall, Helen J. Hall, Roberto Gilmozzi
ISBN (Electronic)9781510601918
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventGround-Based and Airborne Telescopes VI - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 2016 Jun 262016 Jul 1

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


ConferenceGround-Based and Airborne Telescopes VI
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Control system
  • Microcomputer
  • Photometric monitoring


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