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DECam Operations

This wiki provides information, instructions and manuals for DECam operations. Most pages are relevant for all DECam observers while a few provide more detailed instructions more suitable for experts and some are really aimed at DES Observers.

Policy on Skyflats (Don't Do Them)

Information for Observers

  • "Introduction to DECam (docDB access required)":http://des-docdb.fnal.gov:8080/cgi-bin/ShowDocument?docid=6311
  • "DECam Observing Manual":http://www.ctio.noao.edu/noao/content/decam-observing-manual
  • "SISPI Observer Guide":https://cdcvs.fnal.gov/redmine/projects/sispi/wiki/Userguide
  • Troubleshooting
  • SISPI Operations (User and GUI accounts)
  • "Expert Call List":https://cdcvs.fnal.gov/redmine/attachments/download/7806/DECamSubSystemExpertsV0.9985.pdf
  • "ScriptsEditor Manual":http://physics.ohio-state.edu/~suchyta.1/ScriptsEditorNew.pdf
  • "Focal Plane Numbering Schemes":https://cdcvs.fnal.gov/redmine/projects/sispi/wiki/FPA
    • "Focal Plane Layout and CCD Numbers":https://cdcvs.fnal.gov/redmine/attachments/download/7805/DECamOrientation.png
    • "CCDs in the Imager (docDB access required)":http://des-docdb.fnal.gov:8080/cgi-bin/ShowDocument?docid=5998
  • Telemetry Viewer Users Guide
  • "Explanation of SISPI Telemetry GUI Plots":http://des-docdb.fnal.gov:8080/cgi-bin/ShowDocument?docid=6704
  • Introduction to kentools
  • Quick Reduce
    • "QuickReduce Live":http://quick1.ctio.noao.edu:8080
    • "QR Description and Startup":https://cdcvs.fnal.gov/redmine/projects/des-sci-verification/wiki/Qr
  • DES SN Fields
  • "Guider Manual":https://cdcvs.fnal.gov/redmine/attachments/download/7818/DESGuider_manual_v2.2.pdf
  • "Telescope Horizon Limits":http://www.ctio.noao.edu/noao/content/Horizon-Limits
  • Using AOS (Adaptive Optics System)
  • "Comfort Display":https://cdcvs.fnal.gov/redmine/projects/sispi/wiki/Comfort_Display

Standard Observing Procedures

Current Configuration, Constants and Calibration Scripts

Some Instructions for DES SV Shifters can be found at links listed here.

DECam Electronic Log Book and Night Summaries

  • "DECam ELog is visible at CTIO, FNAL, or with VPN ":http://system1.ctio.noao.edu:8080/ECL/decam/E/index
  • "Instruction for using the ELog (docDB access required)":http://des-docdb.fnal.gov:8080/cgi-bin/ShowDocument?docid=6311
  • "View night summaries":http://decam03.fnal.gov:8080/nightsum/
  • "Introduction to the Night Summaries including how to generate them":https://cdcvs.fnal.gov/redmine/projects/decamops/wiki/Introduction_to_the_nightsum
  • "CTIO Night Summary":http://www.ctio.noao.edu/noao/content/Create-night-report

DES Shift Schedule

RASICAM, Tololo Environmental Data and Weather

  • "RASICAM Information":https://cdcvs.fnal.gov/redmine/projects/sispi/wiki/RASICAM
  • "RASICAM Nightly Movies on YouTube":https://www.youtube.com/user/rasicam2?feature=watch
  • "Tololo Site Environmental Web Page":http://139.229.115.231/web/tololo_frame.html
  • "Cerro Tololo Allsky Camera":http://139.229.115.232/lastpic.php
  • "Satellite Weather Maps":http://139.229.115.231/web/world_sat.php
  • "GPSMon":https://cdcvs.fnal.gov/redmine/projects/sispi/wiki/Gpsmonproc
  • "Tololo Sky Conditions":http://www.ctio.noao.edu/noao/content/sky-conditions
  • "Most Recent IR Weather Map":http://www.ctio.noao.edu/sitetests/GOES/latest_ir4frame.gif
  • "La Serena Weather Forecast":http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/85488.html
  • "Overlapping List":https://cdcvs.fnal.gov/redmine/projects/des-sci-verification/wiki/Tololo_Weather_Links
  • "CTIO External Webcam":http://www.ctio.noao.edu/noao/content/ctio-external-webcam

Information for Experts and Run Managers

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