Today's technology allows the convenient remote control of telescopes.

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Several other languages are available and they might be used instead.

In Lab VIEW, applications called virtual instruments (VI) can be written which provides signal processing to control your hardware.

The server computer is a standard PC: in our case a Pentium-II 233 MHz with a T1/Ethernet Internet connection at Portland State University.

The telescope is connected to the server computer over the serial port (RS-232).

In addition, the Internet developer toolkit is used.

This add-on for Lab VIEW is an HTTP/1.0 compatible server for making HTML and other documents available on the internet and for connecting VIs to the World Wide Web.The telescope can be moved into the four sky directions, directed to a particular object from a database, or sent to particular coordinates.Furthermore pictures can be taken with the CCD camera and sent to the user.Then a new HTML document is created and sent back to the Web browser.This HTML document can inform the user and provide new command opportunities: Depending on the set up several server software packages can run on the server computer.All responses from the server computer can be provided into one user interface on the Web browser.