Nightly Observing Plan for MJD 58420 (starting evening of October 28, 2018)¶
DES has the full night.
- Bhuvnesh Jain (observer 1)
- Raphael Sgier (observer 2)
- J. Allyn Smith (run manager)
- Hernan Tirado
- Claudio Aguilera
- Staff calendar
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mjd 58420, date 20181028, Site CTIO, UT-offset 3 hr Current local time 16:13 CLST UT 19:13 SidTim 16:59 Event Local-Time Greenwich Sidereal-Time Sunset 20:09 CLST 23:09 UT 20:55 314 deg Eve. -10 20:46 CLST 23:46 UT 21:32 323 deg Zeropoint; standards Eve. -14 21:07 CLST 00:07 UT 21:52 328 deg Begin obstac Eve. -18 21:27 CLST 00:27 UT 22:13 333 deg Last chance standards Moonrise 00:15 CLST 03:15 UT 01:01 15 deg Midpoint 01:26 CLST 04:26 UT 02:12 33 deg Morn -18 05:25 CLST 08:25 UT 06:11 93 deg Begin astronomical twilight Morn -14 05:46 CLST 08:46 UT 06:32 98 deg End obstac; begin standards Morn -10 06:06 CLST 09:06 UT 06:52 103 deg Sunrise 06:43 CLST 09:43 UT 07:29 112 deg Moon position (deg): RA 93.9, Dec 21.7 Phase: 0.679
- some cloud, calm
- Tonight: generally cloudy, mix of high and middle level, clouds increasing after midnight, calm, humidity: 54%-36%
- Detailed hourly forecast | Satellite maps
Observing Plan and Goals for the Night¶
- DES full night
- Evening standards
UT Date = '2018/10/28 23:46' Local time = 20:46 SDSSJ0100-0000 ra 01:00:00 dec +00:00:00 secz 1.9 SDSSJ0000-0000 ra 00:00:00 dec +00:00:00 secz 1.4 SDSSJ2140-0000 ra 21:40:00 dec +00:00:00 secz 1.2
- IceCube ToO as soon as standards finish, or 000749UT, whichever comes first.
- Script is: /usr/remote/user/DECamObserver/ExposureScripts/DES_scripts/icecube_53411354_2018-10-29-00-07-49.json
- Obstac as long as seeing is < 1.6 arcsec
- If bad seeing (1.6 arcsec < seeing < 2.0) and clear: Photosweeps
- Otherwise if bad seeing (seeing > 1.6 arcsec) and not clear, or very bad seeing (seeing > 2.0 arcsec): Narrowband
- Morning standards
UT Date = '2018/10/29 08:46' Local time = 05:46 SDSSJ0958-0010 ra 09:58:00 dec -00:10:00 secz 1.8 SDSSJ0933-0005 ra 09:33:00 dec -00:05:00 secz 1.6 MaxVis ra 06:30:00 dec -58:45:00 secz 1.1
Notes from 4PM Meeting¶
WF survey with ObsTac¶
Bad Seeing Plan¶
- Bad Seeing Priority is Photosweep, then Narrowband.
There are some restrictions on the conditions for these.
- Definition of "Bad Seeing"
If we get PSF > 1.6" for several exposures in a
row and there isn't any obvious likelihood of improvement to better than
1.6" in the next 10 minutes then we call the time "bad seeing".
If the conditions improve to better than 1.6" then it's not "bad seeing" anymore.
- Definition of "Bad Seeing"
Photosweeps (seeing < 2.0)¶
- If RM is finished & If "Bad Seeing" and photometric and not worse than 2.0" => do Photosweep.
Do not bother with this program if clouds are visible on Rasicam or if seeing is highly variable, for
the varying aperture corrections make it difficult to get to mmag accuracy.
One needs to run a python script at CTIO to generate the jsons.
having done that THE Photosweep scripts can be found in
with names like: photosweep20180914-2200Z.json
Select the one with timestamp closest to the next top of hour, now in UT (we got the z added).
Do not bother with this is there's < 30 minutes left in the night.
A script probably takes an hour.
- If "Bad Seeing" and not photometric, or if "Bad Seeing" and everything else if done,
then do Narrowband. Description and internal priority:
Narrowband scripts are in the same directory as photosweep.
Names like SN-C3X-N964.json
They are on the SN fields, so select the field that is closest to transit.
These are expected to be about an hour long. If the clouds are only
moderate, we could do these.
If the conditions improve and we are past the initial z-band exposures,
then do the final 2 z-band exposures, then go back to Obstac.
Put in the DQ as normal.
Obstac if seeing isn't bad.