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Wendelstein observatory control software


Snigula,  J. M.
Optical and Interpretative Astronomy, MPI for Extraterrestrial Physics, Max Planck Society;

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Snigula, J. M., Gössl, C., & Riffeser, A. (2019). Wendelstein observatory control software.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0004-F7C4-8
LMU München operates an astrophysical observatory on Mt. Wendelstein (Hopp et al. 2008). The 2m Fraunhofer telescope (Thiele et al. 2012; Hopp et al. 2012) is equipped with a 0.5 × 0.5 square degree field-of-view wide field camera (Gössl et al. 2012) and a 3 channel optical/NIR camera (Lang-Bardl et al. 2010, 2016). Two fiber coupled spectrographs (Fabricius et al. 2012; Pfeiffer et al. 1998; Brucalassi et al. 2012) and a wavefront sensor will be added in the near future. The observatory hosts a multitude of supporting hardware, i.e. allsky cameras, webcams, meteostation, air conditioning etc. All scientific hardware can be controlled through a single, central “Master Control Program” (MCP). At the ADASS conference in 2014 we presented the overall Wendelstein Observatory software concept (Gössl et al. 2014). Here we explain concept and implementation of the MCP as a multi-threaded Python daemon in the area of conflict between debuggability and Don't Repeat Yourself (DRY).