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19 July 2010 A virtual reality environment for telescope operation
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Astronomical observatories and telescopes are becoming increasingly large and complex systems, demanding to any potential user the acquirement of great amount of information previous to access them. At present, the most common way to overcome that information is through the implementation of larger graphical user interfaces and computer monitors to increase the display area. Tonantzintla Observatory has a 1-m telescope with a remote observing system. As a step forward in the improvement of the telescope software, we have designed a Virtual Reality (VR) environment that works as an extension of the remote system and allows us to operate the telescope. In this work we explore this alternative technology that is being suggested here as a software platform for the operation of the 1-m telescope.
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Luis A. Martínez, José L. Villarreal, Fernando Ángeles, and Abel Bernal "A virtual reality environment for telescope operation", Proc. SPIE 7740, Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy, 77402B (19 July 2010);

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