Nightly Observing Plan for MJD 58460 (starting the evening of Dec 7, 2018)¶
- Larissa Markwardt (Run manager)
- Nikolay Kuropatkin (Observer 1)
- Martin Murphy (Observer 2)
- Hernan Tirado, Claudio Aguilera (night assistant)
- Staff calendar
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- At 16:00 a few small clouds, warm (18 degrees)with a slight breeze (9 mph), humidity 36%
- Tonight: Very cloudy: 75% high cloud cover and the beginning of the night, dropping to 22% by the end, 10 degrees, light breeze. Humidity ~50%.
- Detailed hourly forecast | Satellite maps
Observing Plan and Goals for the Night¶
- DES Full night
- Evening standards
- Morning standards
Notes from 4PM Meeting¶
Calibrations are underway. Telescope and camera are good.
- If seeing is bad (Bad means if the psf is > 1.6 arcsec for several exposures in a row with no sign of improvement) complete Photosweep, then Narrowband (details below). If running Narrowband, prioritize E2.
If you have "Bad Seeing" and photometric and not worse than 2.0", do
Photosweep. Instructions can be found here:
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 script at CTIO to generate the jsons (see the
instructions wiki page). 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. Instructions and a description can be found here:
Narrowband scripts are in the same directory as Photosweep, and have names like SN-C3X-N964.json
They are on the SN fields, so select the field that is closest to transit. Transit time for SN fields can be found on this page:
These are expected to be about an hour long. If the clouds are only moderate, we could do these.