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Paper: An Overview of the Large Binocular Telescope Control System
Volume: 314, Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems XIII
Page: 704
Authors: Axelrod, T.A.; de La Pena, M.D.
Abstract: The Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) consists of two 8.4-meter mirrors on a common mount. This configuration provides the light gathering power equivalent to an 11.8-meter telescope and the resolving power of an 22.8-meter telescope. Due to the binocular nature of the telescope, there are unique requirements imposed on the telescope control system (TCS) to ensure the health and safety of the telescope, while also enabling observations in both independent and interferometric mode.

This paper presents an overview of the design of the TCS, from the graphical user interface (GUI) and the plotting and analysis capabilities at the highest interaction level to the low-level interfaces for the software.

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