Where the worlds of large and small meet

Deployed in dozens of the most advanced observatories across the world, HEIDENHAIN motion control plays a critical role in how we understand the universe. Our feedback systems enable arcsecond positioning of arrays weighing hundreds of tons, making it possible to capture and process accurate data from light years away.

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Why the world’s leading telescopes use HEIDENHAIN

  • Large and small rotary or angle encoders adapt to environments and demand with precision that’s tried and true in the most advanced observatories.
  • Converter boxes ensure signal interpolation to milliarcsecond resolutions, ensuring positionings like azimuth and elevation are accurate and stable.
  • High-resolution encoder tape offers options to adapt feedback to long or short travels in all kinds of environments, including high elevation.

Resources

Technical Information: rotary encoders on servo motors for linear axes

Technical Information: rotary encoders on servo motors for linear axes

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The KCI 120 Dplus: two rotary encoders in one device

The KCI 120 Dplus: two rotary encoders in one device

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Stories & Articles

Exploring the Sun

The Sun. It seems nearly close enough to touch and ensures that life on Earth grows and flourishes. Nevertheless, we know surprisingly little about what goes on inside this star. Solar researchers want to change that dilemma with the new DKIST solar telescope in Hawaii. The Leibniz Institute for Solar Physics in Freiburg, Germany (formerly […]

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Positioning and speed control system for fifth largest telescope in the United States

Did you know that HEIDENHAIN components are within the new Discovery Channel Telescope (DCT) that has recently seen its first light at the Lowell Observatory in Arizona? As part of the DCT’s mount and control system developed by General Dynamics SATCOM Technologies (GDST), four HEIDENHAIN tape encoders and an EIB interface system are used inside to assist with its important positioning and speed functions.

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Maximum Precision for a New View of the Universe

Angle encoders from HEIDENHAIN for the world’s most powerful telescope By: DR. JOHANNES HEIDENHAIN GmbH, Traunreut, Germany The international ALMA project is a source of prestige for all those involved. Although the observatory is to be completed in 2013, it was already supplying breathtaking images from the depths of the universe on October 3, 2011. 25 […]

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