Today Tom How fitted and ran a fully automated dome rotation system to the Pulsar Observatories mini-WASP dome. You can see a video of the system in operation HERE.
You will see the telescope array deliberately slewed using the joystick and the dome automatically rotating to keep in line with the telescopes. Tom’s touch of genius in making this system work (despite any motor stalls or slippage between drive wheel and dome) is the use of a solid-state magnetic compass for absolute position reference – no rotary encoders needed. Brilliant piece of work there Tom and I really appreciate the time and effort you have put into this project. At least you have given me something a bit special (and a bit sexy) to show the sponsors on our “First Light” day 🙂
Keck I (the South dome) can be seen through the doorway of Keck II (the North dome).