|KPO Software Suite|
software has the most outstanding work of all. This has now split into
two different strategies to suit slightly different requirements.
Stand-alone modelIn order to be able to use the telescope without the full-blown software suite in place there has been some effort to made a stand-alone version which only controls the telescope. It is centred around the star chart software (ROCchart ) that will also be used for the full version. The main difference is the creation of a driver which talks the same protocol to ROCchart but controls the drive directly and has drive configuration support. This basically allows ROCchart to command the telescope to slew to objects and allows it to display where the telescope is actually pointing.
Full observatory controllerThe stand-alone model is all well and good for playing around and doing visual observing but it doesn't go very far towards collecting scientific data all by itself while we sleep. As described in the automation phases we have gone some way to acheiving this but not all the way. The major components of this system are pretty much the same as what was planned in phase 2: