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Remote Control Astronomy Handbook
Table of Contents
1.  Introduction
Background
Organization of the Book
Automated vs. On-Line Remote Control Issues
2. The Story

3. Basic Goals, Issues, and Configurations of the Remote Control Observatory (RCO)

Introduction
Sample Observatory Systems
Direct Link/Nearby RCO System
Multi-Link/Nearby or Long Distance RCO System
Communication and Control
Designing a Prototype Remote Control Observatory
Design Goals for a Remote Observatory Program
4. Computers Communication and Control
Introduction
The Dome PC Design Considerations
Environmental Conditions for the Dome PC
The User PC Design Considerations
Communication System (Hardware)
Control System (Software)
Internet and Network Operations
Computer System Reliability
Custom Software and Scripting
Summary
5.  The Telescope and Its Control System
Introduction
General Mount Considerations
Pier
Mount Physical Alignment
Starting the Telescope : Parking/Unparking
Re-calibration
Focusing
Telescope Parking and Storage
Summary
6.  Telescope Cameras and Their Control Systems
Introduction
Types of Cameras and System Architectures
CCD Imaging Issues
Summary
7.  The Observatory and Its Control System
Introduction
Observatory Building Design Considerations
Observatory Wiring Issues
Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)
In-Dome Video Camera(s)
Remote Power Control
Control System Architecture for a Remote Controlled Observatory
Awaiting a Session
Opening the Observatory
Operating the Observatory
Closing the Observatory
Glossary
Technical Innovations Components


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