Issue No. 02 - February (1980 vol. 29)
M.J. Ellis , Mt. Stromlo and Siding Spring Observatories, Australian National University. Canberra
A flexible and modular control system for astronomical telescopes and their associated observational instruments is implemented using an eight-bit microprocessor, and the various design features of a compact single board computer are discussed. A simple message protocol and system of UART serial links is used to achieve modularity and expandability of such a control system employing a central minicomputer. The single board computer, together with a small number of additional standard boards, is used to replace purpose designed serializing and interfacing hardware.
M. Ellis, G. Hovey and T. Stapinski, "MTEC: A Microprocessor System for Astronomical Telescope and Instrument Control," in IEEE Transactions on Computers, vol. 29, no. , pp. 208-211, 1980.