Dome Control

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The domes at Moore and Mt. Kent observatories have their own control systems designed to interface with the electromechanical hardware supplied by the dome manufacturer. The esstential cdesign elements shared by all domes are

  • Rotation encoder
  • Rotation motor controller
  • Shutter status monitor
  • Shutter motor controller
  • Software connected to the telescope control system

This page is a description of the dome control hardware and software highlighting similarities and differences between the systems for the two Sirius domes housing the CDK20's, the Ash dome for the RC24, and a refurbished dome for the CDK700.

Sirius Dome for CDK20N

The original Sirius electronics control dome rotation and the opening and closure of the upper and lower shutters.

Sirius dome motor schematic.jpg