Telescopes and Automation

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Science  17 Nov 1967:
Vol. 158, Issue 3803, pp. 867-871
DOI: 10.1126/science.158.3803.867


In stellar astronomy, the future of automation techniques lies in their application to the largest telescopes. In such a case, the cost of automation is small compared to that of the telescope project as a whole, and is well repaid in the savings in observing time. A "stand-alone" capability for manual operation in event of computer breakdown is usually provided for systems like this; an example is the 107-inch (272-cm) telescope under construction at the McDonald Observatory of the University of Texas, which will be associated with an IBM 1800 computer.