DFM Engineering, Inc.
1035 Delaware Ave. Unit D
Longmont, CO 80501
Phone: 303-678-8143
Fax: 303-772-9411


DFM Engineering Displays
at the
199th American Astronomical Society Meeting
in Washington, DC


Great interest was shown by the meeting participants at the DFM Engineering display. DFM demonstrated a fully operational 40-cm (16-inch) Cassegrain telescope, filter wheel, and an operating model dome controlled by their new Observatory Control System (DFM OCS™). DFM also used this opportunity to introduce the next generation of their software. This innovative software builds upon the proven features of the DFM Telescope Control System (TCS) and integrates with the most popular and widely distributed astronomy software, TheSky™, from Software Bisque.

DFM Engineering waited several years for the Windows environment to stabilize in order to provide the performance and reliability customers have come to expect from DFM's Telescope Control System software. With the current evolution of hardware and the Windows OS, DFM can now offer a single system that allows full control of the telescope, dome, filter wheel, CCD camera, and provides for remote internet access.

The system user interface has been enhanced with dual LCD displays so that astronomers can setup their menu system for maximum operator convenience.

Dr. Frank Melsheimer, President and CEO of DFM Engineering, and Mr. Tom Bisque, of Software Bisque, manned the display answering questions while attendees experienced a "hands on" demonstration of the telescope and instrumentation.

User comments ranged from "Wow", "Cool", "State-of-the art", to "I want this for our telescope". DFM Engineering is proud to offer this next generation of telescope control to the astronomical community. This comprehensive solution is available today to provide for customer's needs now and into the future.

DFM thanks Apogee Instruments, Inc. for the loan of one of their CCD cameras for display at the AAS meeting and the faculty and students from Appalachian State University for their assistance with setting up and tearing down their display.