Observatory Sciences will be participating in the SPIE 2020 Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation symposium, being run as a digital forum from December 14-18 2020. Event website Two members of OSL are presenting papers in this conference and we are registered in the virtual ExhibitionRead full article
The August 2020 edition of the Observatory Sciences newsletter is now available for download hereRead full article
Observatory Sciences will be attending the 17th Biennial International Conference on Accelerator and Large Experimental Physics Control Systems (ICALEPCS) in New York City, USA (October 7-11). We will have a booth (#207) in the trade exhibition. Two OSL staff members (Becky Williams and Kieran Mulholland) will be presenting papers at the conference. For further information click here.Read full article
Observatory Sciences will be attending the SPIE Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation conference from 10-15 June 2018 at the Austin Convention Center, Austin, Texas, USA. See us at the SPIE Astro 2018 Exhibition (12-14 June) on stand 712. For further information click here.Read full article
Observatory Sciences will be attending the 16th International Conference on Accelerator and Large Experimental Physics Control Systems (ICALEPCS) in Barcelona, Spain (October 8-13). We will have a booth (#4) in the trade exhibition. For further information click here.Read full article
The August 2017 edition of the OSL "Discovery" newsletter is now available for download here.
Observatory Sciences has opened a new office in Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland. The address is : John Smith Business Centre 1 Begg Road John Smith Business Park Kirkcaldy Fife KY2 6HD The phone number is 0131 677 6046 For a map showing our new office location, click hereRead full article
Observatory Sciences Cambridge office has moved to St Ives. Our new address is: Office 4 1 New Road St Ives Cambs PE27 5BG The phone number has changed to 01223-655000. For a map showing our new office location, click hereRead full article
Observatory Sciences attended the SPIE Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation conference from 26 June to 1 July 2016 at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre in Edinburgh, Scotland.
A paper will be presented at ICALEPCS 2015 featuring Observatory Sciences' LabIOC native LabVIEW EPICS framework. Find us at booth #8 in the trade exhibition.Read full article
Observatory Sciences will be attending the 15th International Conference on Accelerator and Large Experimental Physics Control Systems (ICALEPCS) in Melbourne, Australia (October 17-23). We will have a booth (#8) in the trade exhibition. For further information click here.Read full article
The July 2015 edition of the OSL "Discovery" newsletter is now available for download here.Read full article
Andrew Wilson from Observatory Sciences attended the 29th TANGO Controls Collaboration Meeting held at SOLARIS synchrotron on 20-22 May 2015. Find out more about Observatory Sciences' work with TANGO.Read full article
Observatory Sciences consultant Alan Greer co-authored the paper Feasibility Study of PERCIVAL Data Acquisition Backend Architecture presented at IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium & Medical Imaging Conference November 2014.Read full article
Seven new Observatory Sciences Videos are now available for viewing on YouTube here.Read full article
Chris Mayer and Philip Taylor from Observatory Sciences attended the SPIE Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation 2014 conference, held from 22-27 June 2014 at the Palais des congrès de Montréal, Montréal, Canada. For further information click here.Read full article
New EPICS & LabVIEW software packages are available for download from the OSL website. See the "Downloads" pull-down menu at the top of the page. EPICS support software includes drivers for the new Delta Tau PowerPMAC motion controller and the attocube ECC100 and FPS3010 devices as well as a general-purpose EPICS asyn driver using the SSH communications protocol. All our EPICS software is provided freely under an open-source licence. LabVIEW software includes driver VIs for the Delta Tau Turbo PMAC motion controller, available with a 30-day free trial licence.Read full article
The May 2013 edition of the OSL Discovery newsletter is now available for download here.Read full article
Observatory Sciences will be exhibiting during May 1-3rd at the the Spring 2013 EPICS Collaboration meeting which will be jointly hosted by STFC ISIS and Diamond Light Source. The meeting will take place at Diamond Light Source within the Harwell Oxford campus on the 29th April - 3rd May 2013. It will consist of two days of training and pre-meeting sessions followed by the main EPICS meeting on the final 3 days of the week. Observatory Sciences consultant Andy Foster will be presenting the EPICS software training session on Monday April 29th.Read full article
Thank you to everyone who entered the first OSL online competition. Our congratulations go to Mauro Centrone from the Astronomical Observatory of Rome who won the iPad.Read full article
A paper entitled Software control of the ATST enclosure PLC hardware using COTS software was presented at the SPIE Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012 conference in Amsterdam by Alastair Borrowman of OSL. The paper was written with colleagues from IDOM and ATST and is available for download here.Read full article
The May 2012 edition of the OSL "Discovery" newsletter is now available for download here.Read full article
The SPIE Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012 conference was held from 1 - 6 July 2012 at the Amsterdam RAI Convention Centre, Amsterdam, Netherlands. For further information click here. Observatory Sciences had a stand (number 226) at the trade Exhibition which ran from 2 - 4 July.Read full article
A Case Study from Observatory Sciences is now available on the National Instruments website. The Case Study features the work done by Observatory Sciences, using NI LabVIEW software, for the control of the Discovery Channel telescope. See the NI website Controlling the Discovery Channel Telescope Using LabVIEW. It is also available as a PDF file.Read full article
Observatory Sciences has been awarded a contract from the US Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) to produce the software that will control the world's largest solar telescope.
The Advanced Technology Solar Telescope (ATST) will have a 4 metre diameter primary mirror and be sited at an altitude of 10000 feet on the summit of Haleakala ('House of the Sun ') on the Hawaiian island of Maui.
For further information see the Press Release here and the
Advanced Technology Solar Telescope website.
Observatory Sciences is now providing NI LabVIEW software downloads. The first download available is the LabVIEW Native Channel Access for EPICS (LANCE) client VI. The download page is here.Read full article
OSL consultants Philip Taylor and Alan Greer attended a Big Physics Symposium in Rome, organised by National Instruments (NI). This meeting brought together senior management and technical representatives of NI with scientists and NI partner companies to discuss the use of NI's LabVIEW software in existing and proposed large physics control systems.Our presentation to the symposium may be viewed hereRead full article
Observatory Sciences consultants Philip Taylor, Aya Yoshimura and Alastair Borrowman visited the Discovery Channel Telescope headquarters in Flagstaff, Arizona for final acceptance testing of the telescope control system software. This was successfully completed after a week of comprehensive tests. For further information about DCT, click hereRead full article
Andy Foster and Aya Yoshimura from Observatory Sciences attended the 12th International Conference on Accelerator and Large Experimental Physics Control Systems (ICALEPCS) in Kobe, Japan. For further information click hereRead full article
Observatory Sciences presented an EPICS software training course to the CODAC (Control, Data Access and Communication) Group at the headquarters of ITER (the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor) in Southern France. Click here for a description of the ITER course. For further information about our EPICS training courses click here.Read full article
OSL consultant Chris Mayer attended the international Square Kilometer Array (SKA) Forum in Cape Town, South Africa. The Forum is held annually to bring together astronomers, representatives of governments and international funding agencies and representatives of industry to hear presentations on the status of the SKA project and to discuss the challenges.Read full article
OSL consultants Andy Foster and Philip Taylor presented an EPICS software training course to the ASKAP project members at CSIRO, Sydney Australia. The ASKAP project is a Square Kilometer Array telescope Pathfinder project.Read full article