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DRAFT - Observing Plan for MJD 56332 (starting evening of February 08 2013)

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Observers

Observer 1 Observer 2 Run Manager Run Manager Trainee
March Casas Nord Rooney

Almanac and Weather

Sunset: 20:44
Twilight Ends: 22:03
Twilight Starts: 05:52
Middle of night handover to community at 01:58
Moon Rise: 06:25
Moon Set: 19:21
Moon Illum.: 0%
Expected Weather: Clear

Plan and Goals for the Night

Observing Plan (Obs1)

  1. Afternoon calibration data:
    1. dome flats including u-band in case we get to the half-chip SNe observations.
  2. Calibration observations (Douglas Tucker):
    1. Attached (FebStds.txt) is a list of night-by-night suggestions for the rest of the DES time, assuming the normal evening twilight times and a single standard star field just before middle-of-the-night switchover.
    2. Currently, we are observing 3 standard star fields in evening twilight -- at least one and preferably more in SDSS Stripe 82 -- and one more just before switchover. For the 3 standard fields observed during evening twilight, one should be at low airmass (<1.25), one at medium airmass (1.25-1.65), and one at high airmass (1.65-2.10).
      and, if SDSSJ0100-0000 does not appear in the resulting table, replace it with an observation of the E2-A prenight script
      1. back to grizY, not ugriz (we don't need u's because chip offsets are done)
    3. See the SV "extended SV schedule" page for instructions on how soon you can begin standards and sky observations.
  3. Obstac (Eric Neilsen):
    1. If seeing is <1.3 arcsec, run in auto-mode to observe SPT-E mini-survey.
  4. SN priority observations (Masao/March): Active SN fields to be observed only if seeing is poor (>1.3)
    1. C3 z
    2. C2,S1,S2 griz
  5. Bad Weather Contingency
    1. SN C1 field for cloud cover studies
    2. DECal via David James [David]

Analysis/Support Plan (Obs2)

  • QuickReduce Work (see email from A. Fausti)
  • Centroids and Guiding (see requests from K. Honscheid, T. Diehl)
    • please keep an eye on the guider traces and try to estimate the rate at which oscillations appear vs declination of the target. We would like to see how the horseshoe damper motor upgrade is influencing tracking issues.
  • Monitor PSF and Guider
  • write up procedures and documentation for obs1

Summary for NightSum

Synopsis_night

Observing Team

Observers: Brian Nord (RM), Marisa March (obs1), Ricard Casas (obs2), Philip Rooney (RM Trainee)
Telops: Claudio Aguilera
Also present: Ricardo Demarco, Fernando Cortes Guerrero, Roger Leiton-Thompson (AM community observers)

Observing Plan (despite clouds; can see a handful of stars)

  • Normal plan
    1. Dome flat sequence: (grizY)
    2. Standards in grizY (3 fields early in the night; 1 before handover)
    3. SN observations:
      • C3 z
      • C2,S1,S2 griz
    4. SPT-E via obstac if seeing < 1.3
    5. Get photos of Clouds for rasicam
  • Bad Weather Contingency
    1. DECal via David James
    2. Push SN obs during clouds to the edge
      • SN C1 griz; (short and good for cloud tests

Accomplishments

  • Normal plan
    1. Dome flat sequence: (grizY)
    2. Standards in grizY (3 fields early in the night; 1 before handover)
    3. SN observations:
      • X2 griz (deadman);
      • C3 z [temporarily interrupted by 4map mirror sensor loss]
      • C1 griz; (tried to do S1, but temporary 4map sensor loss prevented obtaining before it set)
    4. SPT-E via obstac

Synopsis_problem
  • 4map sensor lost contact with subsystem; telescope to zenith; 4map restarted; recovery (.5hr loss)

4pmTelecon

Teleconferences are currently every Monday at 11 AM EDT, and they are held when necessary, as deemed by RM and others.

  1. Dial Toll-Free Number: 866-740-1260 (U.S. & Canada)
  2. International participants dial:
    Toll Number: 303-248-0285
    Or International Toll-Free Number: http://www.readytalk.com/intl
  3. Enter your 7-digit access code, followed by “#”
    • Your access code: 7691719


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List of Checklists for the night

Here is a list of checklists (who might nominally do them) [where they can be found] <when to do them>

Checklist Name Who Where found When to do
Late Afternoon Checklist Obs1/Obs2 E-log > New Entry > Form After Flats.zeris started Started
Beginning of Night checklist obs1/obs2 E-log, New Entry, Form After Standards are started
CTIO Report for End of Night obs2 http://www.ctio.noao.edu/noao/calendar-node-field-nr-date 1:30am (if half-night)
Synopsis_Night RM E-log, New Entry, Category 1:30 am (if half-night)
Synopsis_Problem RM E-log, New Entry, Category 1:30 am (if half-night)
Synopsis_Engineering RM E-log, New Entry, Category 1:30 am (if half-night)
NightSum RM command line, Observer 2 after synopses finished

DECam Configuration and Setup

SISPI Configuration File sv.ini
DECam constants DECAM:CURRENT
Proposal ID 2012B-0003
Image Processing (Calibration) NCSA
Image Processing (First Cut) NCSA

Daily/Nightly Forms and Checklists

This is a one-stop shop for your information for filling out checklists.

Late Afternoon Checklist

In E-log; New Entry > Form > "late afternoon checklist"
Item description example
Observers Observer names BNord, MMarch
Running SISPI instance name DECam_<date instance started> DECam_20130205
Afternoon Calibration Script Name find under SelectDECam script DECAM/prenight_zeros_flats
Execute daily procedure empty n/a

Beginning of Night Checklist

In E-log; New Entry > Form > "Beginning-of-night Checklist"
Item description example
Observers Observer names BNord, MMarch
Time Evening Twilight Ends time when sun half sets see almanac below
Time Morning Twilight Begins time when sun half rises see almanac below
SISPI Interlocks failed which piece of SISPI didn't work or caused red buttons Hexapod
Check if Afternoon Calibration was completed ask Run Manager yes/no
RASICAM ok? open up rasicam webpage adn look for errors n/a
skip the rest

h3.CTIO Report for End of Night

(http://www.ctio.noao.edu/noao/calendar-node-field-nr-date)

PROPOSAL 2012B-0003
TARGET OF OPORTUNITY No
TIME OBSERVED 0-4
TIME ENGINEERING 0-4
TIME LOST TECHNICAL 0-4
TIME LOST WEATHER 0-4
TIME LOST OTHER 0-4
DESCRIPTION des sv
PRIMARY INVESTIGATOR Frieman
EMAIL
INSTITUTION Fermilab
INSTRUMENT CTIO 4m DECam
TOTAL PROGRAM TIME 4
SEEING SOURCE The Telescope I used

E-Log (Formats and Examples)

Each e-log must contain the following information, but the format is up to you. If you don't want to think about it, here's a one to use:

  • Set of fields or single field
  • Observation type
  • Field Name
  • Field airmass (get from ICS or OBS1)
  • Exposure ID range
    • (any skipped exposures due to SISPI skip or interlock)

E-log Example: one supernova field

Field Set 
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Field: SN/C1
Airmass: 1.1
Slew
Expid: 175179

Center Check:
RA offset: -325.2
DEC offset: 45.2

Offset exposure:
expid 175180

Center Check:
RA offset: -22.1
DEC offset: 10.5

Offset exposure
expid 175181

Center Check:
RA offset: -3.1
DEC offset: 1.7

Expid Range: 175182-190
(skipped: 175180)

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WorkFlow Observation Decisions

Primary: Seeing Policy

  • If seeing > 1.3 :
    • if not clear (clouds):
      • if SN fields up (airmass < 2): then SN
      • if SN fields down : then obstac
    • if clear : then do half-chip offsets
  • if seeing < 1.3 : obstac

Cloud Policy:
  • if it's too cloudy to see a handful of stars, then there's no use observing.

Wind Speed

  • if 5 < speed < 15 : raise wind screen to 30%
  • if speed > 15 : close louver

Centering

  • SN fields only: if off by 10 in either direction: shift coordinates, don't recenter (getting offsets via kentools)

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Detailed Workflow (Recipes for Running DECam)

Below, we show the detailed workflow for each part of the n ight
  • >> = buttons to hit
  • $ = prompt

AFTERNOON

Workbench Setup

  1. restart sispi; see expert checklist [for RM only];
  2. Setup Observer 2 Terminal (can happen simultaneous to the above)
    1. check speed of machine; kill processes if necessary
    2. >> open terminal
    3. start kentools
      1. $ observer
      2. test previous exposure
        1. $ load
        2. $ seeingall
        3. $ center

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Initial Calibrations

The first exposure(s) of the afternoon are used to clear out pixels from the CCDs.

  1. Take junk (zero) exposures ('2' as indicated below)
    1. >> Observer Console
    2. >> System Control
    3. >> Turn VSub On [on far right side]
    4. >> Exposure Control
    5. >> Manual [far right side]
    6. >> type=zero,object=junk,dtsqueue=none,count=2
    7. E-log default see section above about how to enter e-logs.
  2. Set up calibration exposures
    1. Look:
      1. >> ICS window
      2. >> TCS subwindow
      3. >> "screen button" == green? double-check with TelOps that telescope pointed at screen.
    2. Start Calibrations (Flats and Zeros)
      1. >> Observer Console
      2. >> Exposure Control
      3. >> Load Exposure Script
      4. >> Select DECam Script
      5. >> Choose "DECam/prenight_zeros_flats"
      6. >> ADD
      7. >> GO
    3. Edit Queue (remove 20s r-band exposures, because they are over-exposed)
      1. >> Click to unlock the "lock button" (in Exposure queue sub-panel)
      2. >> highlight an exposure
      3. >> hit backspace key to delete exposure
    4. E-log: Use Afternoon Checklist (get expid range from Obs1, or from looking at Obscon on personal machine)

NIGHT

  • (starting after dinner after sunset)
  1. turn on AOS (https://cdcvs.fnal.gov/redmine/projects/decamops/wiki/Using_AOS_(Adaptive_Optics_System)):
    1. >> Architect Console
    2. >> READOUT6
      1. >> AOS (click)
      2. >> System Control Subpanel
      3. >> See fields with FOCUS and AOS
      4. >> See empty "Command" field
      5. >> enter in Command field: init_pid 2
  2. Prepare to start night of observing
    1. Primary indicator for exposing first Bright Star
      1. Sun angle < -9.7 deg
      2. TelOps will automatically get a bright star ready for you; you can also ask if the sun is down, but have not received a bright star alert.
  3. Bright Star Exposure: Check Telescope Centering
    1. Take an exposure of Bright star that TelOps has prepared.
      1. >> Observer Console
      2. >> Exposure Control
      3. >> Exp form
      4. >> enter: type = object; time =10; count = 1; filter = r
      5. >> ADD
      6. >> GO
    2. Calculate Center Offset [Obs2]
      1. center EXPID [at observer 2 in kentools]
      2. re-center telescope if offsetx or offsety > 10 arcsec
        1. tell TelOps and Obs1 the new center
        2. wait for slew to complete
        3. repeat center check
    3. E-log the full list of bright star exposures and offsets
  4. Perform Standard Star Field Observations
    1. Prepare choices for standard star fields
      1. Open terminal window or use an open one.
      2. $ cd ~/
      3. $ source ~/dtucker/bin/setup_StdStarFieldPicker.csh
      4. $ decamStdFieldsTimeDate.py --UT='<DATE>'
        1. <DATE> = YYYY/MM/DD HH:MM
        2. Example: 2013/01/30 00:43
        3. Time is the time the standards sequence will start
        4. if SDSSJ0100-0000 does not appear in the resulting table, replace it with an observation of the E2-A prenight script
    2. Populate Queue with chosen fields
      1. >> Observer Console
      2. >> Exposure Control
      3. >> Load Exposure Script
      4. >> go to DECamObserver/ExposureScripts/FEB2013Standards
        1. Choose the fields here based on having run the above decamStdFieldsTimeDate script and teh requirements there.
    3. >> ADD
    4. >> GO
    5. go to the second in this sequence and re-do for each of hte three standards fields.
    6. E-log: all standards at once
  5. SN fields
    1. Decide on SN field you want based on airmass limits and the current airmass fo a given field (get the latter information from Xephem or JSkyCalc)
    2. Open Slew Script for Field and run it
      1. >> Observer Console
      2. >> Exposure Control
      3. >> Load Exposure Script
      4. >> Select DECamScript
      5. >> choose DES/<FIELDNAME>-slew.json
        1. <FIELDNAME> = S1, S2, etc.
      6. >> submit
      7. >> ADD
      8. >> GO
    3. wait for slew to finish; monitor the ICS/TCS window and subwindow in Monitor "OBS1-D"
    4. check center (OBS2)
      1. center <EXPID> in kent tools
      2. get offsets from Obs2
    5. add ra dec offsets in arcsec
      1. >> Observer Console
      2. >> Exposure Control
      3. >> set RA dropdown to DeltaRA
      4. >> enter offsets in arcsec
    6. check center again before observing field
      1. take 10s rband exposure
      2. check center
    7. select field script
      1. >> Observer Console
      2. >> Exposure Control
      3. >> Load Exposure Script
      4. >> Select DECamScript
      5. >> Choose field: DES/sv_sn_<FIELDNAME>_griz.json
      6. >> submit
      7. >> ADD
      8. >> go (if necessary)
    8. set slew for next field (just as above)
    9. repeat center check until within 10 arcsec x and y
    10. E-log for SN fields
    11. End-of-Night Standards
      1. >> Observer Console
      2. >> Load Exposure Scripts
      3. >> DECamScript
      4. >> Choose File: DES/postnight_flats_zeros.json
      5. >> submit
      6. >> add?
    12. E-log for EON standards

END OF NIGHT

  1. CTIO Night report (http://www.ctio.noao.edu/noao/calendar-node-field-nr-date)
    1. log in to page
      1. login: astronomer
      2. password: ask RM
  2. Turn off AOS
    1. init_pid 1
  3. Make Night Sum
    1. (https://cdcvs.fnal.gov/redmine/projects/decamops/wiki/Introduction_to_the_nightsum)
    2. fill out logbook with tags, Synopsis_Night, Synopsis_Problem, Synopsis_Engineering (no need to fill out end-of-night checklist)
    3. Make and Publish Nightsum
      1. @ $ ssh sispi@observer2 (log into observer2 as user sispi)
        1. get password from RM
      2. $ cd ~sispi/nightsum-reports
      3. $ setup nightsum (set up the environment)
      4. $ makesum (run the makesum script) [you can check the draft results before publishing if you like; see below]
      5. $ pubsum
      • Notes (BEFORE publishing)
        1. The step above will create a dir named nightsum-<MJD>. Check the results by pointong your browser to
          file:///usr/remote/user/DECamObserver/nightsum-reports/nightsum-<MJD>/nightsum.html
          file:///usr/remote/user/sispi/nightsum-reports/nightsum-<MJD>/nightsum.html
          1. Go to the logbook and make changes as needed. Repeat the makesum step until you are happy with the results.
        2. Then, publish the results so it shows up on the web server on decam03.fnal.gov: