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Computer control of the 32"

Four computers control the operation, from left to right we have the INTERNET machine, the CCD control computer, the telescope control computer, and the local area network server/display computer.

The ultimate goal for this telescope is to offer remote control operation to students, teachers, and amateur astronomers around the globe, where digitized images can be taken and downloaded via INTERNET on a real-time basis. On-site visitors will also be able to take images and "take their galaxy home" on disc. The present control system was designed and installed by Friends of Pine Mountain Observatory and by Professor Bothun. We have completely redone the original control system, since the current mission of the telescope requires precise pointing and tracking, and exact focus.