Task list

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Introduction

When you complete a task, do not delete it! Mark it with strike-through (see example below) and add your name and date after it.

  • Make a to-do list on the wiki. Completed 2010-05-27, Eric.


Observing

Create an Observing schedule page, with a calendar for who is responsible for observing if a given night is clear. --Jean (see link under Documentation on the Main Page...)

  • Sign up for observing times - we'll plan on two people per night. (Keep in mind that you probably will not end up observing on about 50% of the nights you sign up for, due to the vagaries of our weather. But you need to be ready to observe on those nights.)

Telescope software tasks (good for cloudy weather!)

  • Install Dimension 4 software to improve clock accuracy on observatory PC. See Eastman et al. 2010 for more details on precise timekeeping. ~Andrew 05-28
  • Install JSkyCalc on control room computer. (More info on using it at AstroBetter.) --Andrew
    • Edit local file to add our observatory coordinates as described here.
    • After that file is created, let Eric know and we'll also install on the Linux machines.
  • Install latest version of FocusMax software (3.4.40) - it's on the Y: drive mapped to the PC. Andrew
  • Preparations for mapping run to improve the telescope pointing model.
    • Download and install the full version of PinPoint. Eric will do - this should be registered to the department.
    • Download and install AAG TPointMapper Andrew
    • Download and install USNO A2.0 catalog for use by PinPoint as described here. Jean and Andrew? June 2nd

Improving telescope operations

  • Do a substantial (> 100 point) point run using AAG TPointMapper.
  • Use FocusMax software to automate focusing of the imaging camera.
    • Read background info on its operation. ---Jean, Read It
    • Set up FocusMax to link to TCC focuser.
    • Do calibration runs to set up V curves for our system.
    • Change MaximDL settings to link to FocusMax hub, which then links to the focuser/TCC. Save this configuration (under Apogee/Photometry).
  • Continue to work on Autoguiding improvements - especially the optimal Dec backlash setting.
  • Investigate and document whether or not slow warm-up of the CCD is necessary. --Jean
  • Create and save some Auto sequences in MaximDL to facilitate running a series of bias and dark frames before or after a run.
  • Reinforce flat-field screen and hang in dome.
  • Document procedure for dome flats.
  • Install and test out plug-in for automating sky flats.

Documenting telescope operations

  • Create a page on Autoguiding to document what we learn about best settings for autoguiding. -- Jean 10-28(see main page, Equipment and Technical Information)
  • Download available manuals for the eShel spectrograph and put on our Documentation page. --Jean 10-28
  • Put MaximDL documentation (or links to it) on Documentation page. --Jean (manual) Andrew (yahoo help site) 10-28
  • Document PEC process with solutions from 06/01-02/2010 --Jackson 06/03/2010 under Software/hardware troubleshooting and workarounds

Photometric light curve improvements

  • Write scripts to streamline data reduction (bias, flat, etc.)
  • Write or find scripts to streamline photometry and creating light curves.
  • Investigate optimal use of multiple comparison stars, e.g. approaches of Southworth et al. 2009 or Broeg et al. 2005. --Jackson


Possible future improvements

  • Possible automation of dome opening/closing?
  • Install weather station / cloud sensor?
  • Observatory automation with ACP, CCD AutoPilot, or CCD Commander?
  • Install eShel spectrograph.