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Jörg Dietrich, 09/20/2013 12:35 PM


End of Night Checklist

This are the end of night instructions for both observers. The pre-formatted checklist in the eLog has been superseded by the nightsum tool.

Observer 1:
  • Observer(s) Present:
  • Calibration:
    • Take Standard Star Flats (See Start of Observing Checklist for details on choosing these scripts) [Script Name]:
    • Submit End-of-Night Calibration Script Choose script based on success of PM calibrations [Script Name]:
      • If PM calibrations were successful, run DES/postnight_calibration.json
      • If PM calibrations were not successful, run DES/postnight_zeros_flats.json
  • Cleanup the observer1 desktop:
    • Close any extra terminal window you have opened during the night
    • Close any extra browser windows you have opened during the night. Be careful not to close any SISPI GUIs
    • Go to the System Control section of the observer console GUI and clear the setup information
      • Click on Edit
      • Click on Clear
      • Click on Save
    • Bring the instrument into a safe state
      • Turn Vsub off
      • Move the block filter into the beam
Observer 2:
  • Summarize Shift (mostly done by Observer 2):
    • (List engineering tests, downtime cause and length, extra dome closures, extra images, unusual events, comments)
    • Maybe each of these is a separate field.
  • Night Summary Submitted (Only for DES) [Y/N]:
  • CTIO End-of-Night Report Submitted [Y/N]:
    CTIO expects ALL observers to fill in the "CTIO End of Night" report. The Observer Support person on duty can show how, if need be. Cut and paste from the DES nightsum is appropriate for some of the material needed. This youtube link provides directions for filling out the end of night reports.
    • Goto www.ctio.noao.edu/noao/
    • Login (username and password will be provided by the operations manager)
    • Goto Astronomers --> Observing --> Create Night Report
  • Cleanup the observer2 desktop.