Robotic Operation - Observatory Segment

All of the instrumentation in the observatory is controlled either via Ethernet or serial interface. I've deliberately avoided the use of parallel port and USB instruments at the telescope, as these are not suitable interfaces for remote operation. The observatory computer runs an UltraVNC server, and can therefore be managed remotely. The serial port server presents physical RS232 ports that are mapped to virtual COM ports on other machines. This allows me to run the camera control software and the telescope control software locally from any machine on the network. The observatory computer does not need to be on to use any instruments other than the video cameras.

Observatory Segment

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