Utilizing an IBM compatible computer with multiple displays and a keyboard, you have continual position
display, status reporting, and an easy-to-use, menu-driven, command set.
Commands are divided into four submenus: initialization, movement, rates and miscellaneous.
All commands are available to your external computer, allowing you to create your own custom user interface
where TCS becomes a peripheral to your computer system, allowing integration with your own observing
Control electronics may be located up to 150 feet from the telescope telescope allowing flexibility in positioning the observatory control room.
More than 28 commands provide complete control of the telescope, dome, etc.
Includes a built-in library of objects
Compatible with commercial autoguider systems
Operates and displays in any epoch
Hybrid digital/analog servo controllers with zero position error integrator
19 in. wide rack-mount houses control system computer and electronics
Extensive system protection via computer-calculated limits and hard limits
Hand paddle functions include: guide, set, slew, focus, dome right and dome left.
TCS uses a single DC servomotor per axis to simplify mechanical and electronic requirements while
CCT-16 system controls a focus stepper motor with potentiometer as the position sensor. CCT-20 and larger
telescopes use an optical incremental encoder as the focus position sensors.
Motor Driver Chassis (MDC) provides power supplies and surge protection components for interface with long cables to the telescope
Mother board design minimizes discrete wire connections in MDC
Low power usage minimizes uninterruptible power supply requirements
Limit switches enhance system safety by preventing telescope over-travel
Shielded cables with proper terminations maximize immunity to electronic noise
Gold-plated electrical connectors provide long-trouble-free service
Full wiring schematics provided for maintenance
Telescope Control Systems
CCT-16 Computer Specifications
CCT-20-50 Computer Specifications