Retrofit Control Systems

Control System Upgrades:
DFM Engineering has retrofitted our computer control system over 35 astronomical telescopes from various manufacturers as well as a heliostat.

Typically upgrading to our control system vastly improves the efficiency of the telescope by improving the pointing and the tracking.

The typical control system retrofit includes the following:

• New secondary drive gearing with D.C. servo motors for both axes
• New position encoders and gearing for both axes
• New focus motor and controls to allow two speed focus operation and automatic control of focus motor

Control System Features:
The DFM telescope control system (TCS) consists of a customized 
TCSGalil™ Motor Drive Chassis connected to a PC having 2 displays, 2 keyboards, 2 hand paddles, motor controllers, and astronomical control software.

The control system is housed in a desk with a 19" wide rack on the right hand side. (Optionally a free standing rack can be supplied)

• Automatic dome azimuth control consisting of a position encoder and motor starter for an Ash-dome or similar
• Installation of the system, system check out, and operator training
• Full documentation