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Observatory Sciences Job Vacancy

Nov 2019

Observatory Sciences has a vacancy for a Software Engineer, based in our office in St Ives, Cambridgeshire. For details and how to apply see this document.

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Observatory Sciences attending ICALEPCS 2019 in New York

Oct 2019

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.

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SPIE Astronomical Telescopes & Instrumentation 2018 in Austin, Texas

Jun 2018

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.

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Observatory Sciences attending ICALEPCS 2017 in Barcelona

Sep 2017

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.

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New OSL Newsletter 2017 now available

Aug 2017

The August 2017 edition of the OSL "Discovery" newsletter is now available for download here.

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New Observatory Sciences office in Scotland

Aug 2017

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 here

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Observatory Sciences Cambridge office relocated

Mar 2017

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 here

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SPIE Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation 2016

Jun 2016

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.

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LabIOC presented at ICALEPCS 2015

Oct 2015

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.

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OSL attending ICALEPCS 2015 in Melbourne

Aug 2015

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.

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New OSL Newsletter 2015 now available

Aug 2015

The July 2015 edition of the OSL "Discovery" newsletter is now available for download here.

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TANGO Collaboration Meeting, 20-22 May, Krakow

May 2015

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.

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PERCIVAL paper published

Mar 2015

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.

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Observatory Sciences Videos on YouTube

Oct 2014

Seven new Observatory Sciences Videos are now available for viewing on YouTube here.

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SPIE Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation 2014

Jul 2014

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.

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New software downloads available on this website

Jul 2013

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.

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New OSL Newsletter 2013 now available

May 2013

The May 2013 edition of the OSL Discovery newsletter is now available for download here.

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Spring 2013 EPICS Collaboration meeting May 1-3rd

Apr 2013

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.

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Apple iPad Competition winner announced.

Dec 2012

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.

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SPIE 2012 Paper available

Aug 2012

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.

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New OSL Newsletter 2012 now available

May 2012

The May 2012 edition of the OSL "Discovery" newsletter is now available for download here.

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SPIE Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012

May 2012

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.

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Observatory Sciences Case Study now available on National Instruments website

Aug 2010

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.

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OSL awarded contract for Advanced Technology Solar Telescope control software

Jul 2010

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.

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LabVIEW Software Downloads available

Apr 2010

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.

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OSL attends the National Instruments Big Physics Symposium in Rome

Feb 2010

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 here

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Discovery Channel Telescope control software delivered

Nov 2009

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 here

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Andy Foster and Aya Yoshimura from Observatory Sciences attended ICALEPCS 2009 Japan

Oct 2009

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 here

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Observatory Sciences provides EPICS software training for ITER

Aug 2009

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.

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OSL consultant Chris Mayer attended the international Square Kilometer Array (SKA) Forum in Cape Town, South Africa

Feb 2009

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.

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OSL consultants Andy Foster and Philip Taylor presented an EPICS software training course to the ASKAP project members at CSIRO, Sydney Australia

Feb 2009

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.

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