For over 25 years the Italian 32-m radiotelescopes at Medicina and Noto have successfully participated in various VLBI networks.
In 2007 we embarked on a project to improve the potential of single-dish observations. The advent of new hardware (multi-feed receivers, backends, etc...) also required the upgrade of the telescope guiding software, to make maximum usage of the newly developed instrumentation and to push the performance of both the antennas to their theoretical limits.
The contemporary construction of the Sardinia Radio Telescope (SRT) introduced various synergies and eventually led to the constitution of the DISCOS project (Development of the Italian Single-dish COntrol System) aimed at the creation of an entirely new and independent telescope driving system, which is able to control the antennas in all aspects for any single-dish observing mode.
The system flavour developed for
Medicina and Noto is named ESCS
It has been successfully employed in several observations (mainly continuum On-The-Fly cross-scans and maps).
system is now available in Medicina and allows users to
employ the total power analog backend and the XARCOS spectrometer.
Its installation at Noto, for the first test session with that telescope, has been recently carried out.
NOTICE: the system is still evolving. Be sure to
use the up-to-date user's guide, before carrying out your observations.
If in doubt, contact us.
user's guide User's
guide for the execution of single-dish continuum observations
with ESCS (links to useful documents are included)
--> General page dedicated to
single-dish observations with out antennas (it also links
to useful tools for the pre- and post-observation phases).