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Thomas Diehl, 08/18/2014 02:05 PM

Daily check list

Before 2pm

  1. Perform End Of Night Checklist in the logbook if the observers didn't do it.
  2. Write the Synopsis_Night logbook entry if the observers didn't do it.
  3. Publish the nightsum in the morning if the observers didn't do it.
  4. Complete CTIO end of night report if the observers didn't do it.
  5. Be aware of our observers arrival to and departure from the mountain.
  6. Prepare the nightly plan page, including populating Almanac and Weather info
  7. Check the instrument status (read the logbook, talk to people)
  8. Check the DM status
  9. Check SISPI status
  10. Check what scripts are needed/present for calibration
  11. Take a first look at the DESDM data quality results
    Only fetch the data and check if there is anything unusual that should be discussed at the 4pm meeting.
  12. Send out the agenda for the 4pm meeting (if to occur) to
  13. Check diskspace. Log into one of the observer machines as user "sispi"
    setup SISPI

    If any disks are filling up (>90% for observer2, >93% for the pipeline
    machines) send an email to Klaus and Ann ( and

Late afternoon

  1. Before the 4pm meeting check with telops if SISPI instance and the GUIs were restarted. You could also do this by checking if they completed a "2 PM Checklist" in the eLog.
  2. Ask telops to point telescope to white spot and fire afternoon calibration scripts
  3. Chair the 4pm meeting and present observing plan
  4. Edit the observing plan if needed
  5. Perform the Late Afternoon Checklist in the logbook
  6. "Mark Exposures not to be processed"
  7. Implement the data quality
  8. Make sure observers are present and roles are defined/understood


  1. Check that the dome flats finished ok
  2. Perform the Beginning of Night Checklist in the logbook
  3. Write the Nightly Plan in the Shift Schedule page. The "Almanac" is kentools ephemeris.
  4. Keep the logbook
  5. Make sure the observers understand what they are doing
  6. Make sure the observers get off to a good start
  7. Be available to the observers if they have questions or problems
  8. Try to get some sleep