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Physics  2001 

Active optics control of the VST telescope with the CAN field-bus

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The VST (VLT Survey Telescope) is a 2.6 m class Alt-Az telescope to be installed at Mount Paranal in the Atacama desert, Chile, in the European Southern Observatory (ESO) site. The VST is a wide-field imaging facility planned to supply databases for the ESO Very Large Telescope (VLT) science and carry out stand-alone observations in the UV to I spectral range. This paper will focus on the distributed control system of active optics based on CAN bus and PIC microcontrollers. Both axial and radial pads of the primary mirror will be equipped by astatic lever supports controlled by microcontroller units. The same CAN bus + microcontroller boards approach will be used for the temperature acquisition modules.


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