n MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - Sutherland high-speed optical camera (SHOC) : news note

Volume 74, Issue 5_6
  • ISSN : 0024-8266



In with the new: Astronomers can now drive research telescopes using their smartphones! An in-house SAAO team has recently released new software to drive the new SHOC instrument which is used on the SAAO's 1.9 m and 1 m telescopes. Originally, SHOC was controlled using software supplied by the camera manufacturer Andor. However, in order to fully customize the software and to allow for future extensions, the SAAO team collaborated to produce new Open Source software to drive SHOC via a web-based user interface. This new software also has the advantage of allowing users to control the SHOC instrument from any location, ushering in a new era of remote observing at the SAAO.

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