Bringing space even closer

Astronomers wanting to view images from the world’s largest optical and infrared telescopes at the WM Keck Observatory on the summit of Hawaii’s Mauna Kea Volcano will no longer face a 4200 metre uphill trek.

RealVNC’s remote control software is being used to access images from the huge twin telescopes from desktops at the Observatory’s headquarters in Kamuela (on Hawaii’s Big Island), and at research facilities on the mainland.

The Keck Observatory operates twin 10-metre optical/infrared telescopes that feature a suite of advanced instrumentation including imagers, multi-object spectrographs, high-resolution spectrographs, integral-field spectrographs, and a laser-guide-star adaptive optics system. The Observatory is a scientific partnership of the California Institute of Technology, the University of California, and NASA.

The RealVNC system is also being used to provide remote control and management capabilities for Keck’s engineers and IT administrators to perform upgrades, fix problems, and perform software upgrades.

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