D. Mancini, P. Schipani, O. Caputi, G. Mancini, M. Brescia (OAC)
The VIRMOS consortium of French and Italian Institutes is manufacturing two wide field imaging multi-object spectrographs for the European Southern Observatory Very Large Telescope (VLT), with emphasis on the ability to carry over spectroscopic surveys of large numbers of sources: the VIsible Multi-Object Spectrograph, VIMOS, and the Near InfraRed Multi-Object Spectrograph, NIRMOS. The VIMOS is being installed at the Nasmyth focus of the third Unit Telescope of the VLT at Mount Paranal in Chile, after a period of pre-integration in Europe at the Observatoire de Haute Provence. There are 52 motors to be controlled in parallel in the spectrograph, making the VIMOS a complex machine to be handled. This paper will focus on the description of the control system, designed in the ESO VLT standard control concepts, and on some integration issues and problem solving strategies.
Last updated: September 13, 2002
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