A fully automated digitally controlled 30-inch telescope

S. A. Colgate, E. P. Moore, R. Carlson
1975 Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific  
A fully automated 30-inch (75-cm) telescope has been successfully designed and constructed from a military surplus Nike-Ajax radar mount. Novel features include: closed-loop operation between mountain telescope and campus computer 30 km apart via microwave link, a TV-type sensor which is photon shot-noise limited, a special lightweight primary mirror, and a stepping motor drive capable of slewing and settling one degree in one second or a radian in fifteen seconds.
doi:10.1086/129812 fatcat:ubzetgk47na4debhox3agafplq