Nickel POCO User's Guide

Table of Contents

Menu & Title Bar
Target Panel
Position Display
Guider Buttons
Dome Status
Limit Status
Time Display
Virtual Joystick
Manual Slew
Offset Telescope
Guider Offsets
Guider - CCD Setup
Non-Sidereal Rates
Focus Telescope
Home Telescope
Park Telescope
Manual Dome
All Limits Status
Message Log
Starlist & Starchart

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Start/Stop Panel

The three buttons in this panel enable/disable telescope movement, start/stop tracking, and set dome mode.

Movement -- Telescope movement must be enabled for POCO to perform any of its pointing functions or move the secondary mirror for focusing. When the movement button is red, movement is disabled, when green it is enabled. However, if movement is enabled and the E-stop button is engaged (as indicated by the "Emergency Stop Engaged" message at the top of the GUI window), you will be unable to move the telescope.

Tracking -- Enables or disables telescope tracking. When the button is yellow, tracking is disabled. When the button is green, the telescope will track at the sidereal rate or the rate set in the Non-Sidereal Rates GUI.


DomeState -- The DomeState button has three choices: DomeHold, DomeAuto, and DomeFloor.

For normal science operations, observers will want to use the DomeAuto option, as that slaves the dome to the telescope motion and ensures that the dome is always correctly positioned to not block the aperture of the telescope (with the exception of the zenith vignetting of the telescope by the dome and during slews of the telescope between targets). NB: DomeAuto reverts to DomeHold if a telescope limit is reached. It must be reset to DomeAuto once the limit is cleared.

The DomeFloor option allows positioning of the dome using the manual dome rotation switch in the Nickel dome. This option is useful for aligning the dome flat field screen with the telescope or when using the finder scope which is sometimes blocked when in DomeAuto mode.

DomeHold will position the dome at the azimuth commanded in the Manual Dome GUI (see below).

The button at the top of the Manual Dome GUI allows one to change the state of the dome motion between DomeAuto, DomeHold, and DomeFloor.

The current dome azimuth is displayed as "Dome position". The arrows allow small or large moves in either position relative to the current dome azimuth.

To move the dome to a specific dome azimuth, enter the value in the "Target position" entry box and press "Go" to move the dome to that position.
Last modified: Tue May 12 16:01:46 PDT 2009