PANOPTES Observatory Control System
Welcome to POCS documentation!
PANOPTES is an open source citizen science project designed to find transiting exoplanets with digital cameras. The goal of PANOPTES is to establish a global network of of robotic cameras run by amateur astronomers and schools (or anyone!) in order to monitor, as continuously as possible, a very large number of stars. For more general information about the project, including the science case and resources for interested individuals, see the project overview.
POCS (PANOPTES Observatory Control System) is the main software driver for a PANOPTES unit, responsible for high-level control of the unit.
For more information, see the full documentation at: https://pocs.readthedocs.io.
panoptes-utils is a related repository and POCS
relies on most of the tools within
If you are running a PANOPTES unit then you will most likely want an entire PANOPTES environment.
There is a bash shell script that will install an entire working POCS system on your computer. Some folks even report that it works on a Mac.
The non-developer mode of the script is intended for PANOPTES units.
To install POCS via the script, open a terminal and enter:
curl -fsSL https://install.projectpanoptes.org > install-pocs.sh bash install-pocs.sh
wget -qO- https://install.projectpanoptes.org > install-pocs.sh bash install-pocs.sh
If you want just the POCS module, for instance if you want to override it in
your own OCS (see Huntsman-POCS
for an example), then install via
pip install panoptes-pocs
If you want the extra features, such as Google Cloud Platform connectivity, then use the extras options:
pip install "panoptes-pocs[google,testing]"
See the full documentation at: https://pocs.readthedocs.io
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