Gemini Preprint #20

Science Planning for the Gemini 8m Telescopes

S. Wampler, K. Gillies, P. Puxley, and S. Walker
Gemini 8m Telescopes Project, 950 N. Cherry Ave., Tucson AZ 85719


The new 8-meter class telescopes represent large investments by the development communities. This means that these telescopes must be operated efficiently to provide the best possible return on these investments and a great deal of effort has been made to provide control software that supports effective use of the telescopes. However, efficient use must be more than just keeping the telescopes operating; it is important that observers be provided tools that enable them work effectively.

The Gemini 8m Telescopes have developed a strategy for helping astronomers plan observations through the design of Science Programs. While there are a number of unique aspects to this strategy,this paper focuses on the methods used as the foundation for connecting astronomers to the facilities of the observatories during the design of Science Programs.

The methods under development takeadvantage of emerging Internet technologies to help reduce the maintenance issues normally associated with supporting remote sites, while freeing users from manyofthe performance problems associated with web-based solutions.

Appears in Proc. SPIE 3112, "Telescope Control Systems".

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Ruth A. Kneale / / August 26, 1997