|CAHA Electronic Department|
Currently, in our electronic department there is 5 engineers and 3 technicians.
The primary goal of our group is to maintain the continuous observation without technical interruptions. In order to do this we provide a regular service which is efficient and flexible. This includes maintenance and repair of all electronic and electromechanical facilities of telescopes, domes and instruments.
The group is responsible for a wide range of electronic / electrical equipment and scientific instruments. In addition, for various controls, such as uninterrupted power supplies, hydraulic systems, production of liquid nitrogen, telephone system, weather station and etc. This requires a versatile knowledge and skills base. Depending on the background, the dedicated group members have experience on:
The success of the astronomers depends on the quality of technical equipment. Therefore, we endeavour to provide state of the art technical in our observatory. This means all the old equipments / facilities, are upgraded on a regular basis. In order to save long development times and costs, we use in many areas electronic devices which are used in the industry for automation, such as:
An example of our developed systems are highlighted here:
Plans for the future:
PANIC, ROCON and CARMENES.
To reiterate the role of the electronic department, our main focus is maintenance an repair, and secondly the planning and implementation of new systems. Because of this, we believe we will increase significantly the quality and reliability of CALAR ALTO.