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* Install [http://www.dartmouth.edu/~physics/faculty/skycalc/flyer.html JSkyCalc] on control room computer.  ([http://www.astrobetter.com/jskycalc/ More info] on using it at [http://www.astrobetter.com AstroBetter].)
 
* Install [http://www.dartmouth.edu/~physics/faculty/skycalc/flyer.html JSkyCalc] on control room computer.  ([http://www.astrobetter.com/jskycalc/ More info] on using it at [http://www.astrobetter.com AstroBetter].)
 
** Edit local file to add our observatory coordinates as described [http://www.dartmouth.edu/~physics/faculty/skycalc/flyer.html here].
 
** Edit local file to add our observatory coordinates as described [http://www.dartmouth.edu/~physics/faculty/skycalc/flyer.html here].
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** 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.  
 
* Install latest version of FocusMax software (3.4.40) - it's on the Y: drive mapped to the PC.  
 
* Preparations for mapping run  to improve the telescope pointing model.   
 
* Preparations for mapping run  to improve the telescope pointing model.   
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== Possible future hardware improvements ==
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== Photometric light curve improvements ==
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* Write scripts to streamline data reduction (bias, flat, etc.)
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* Write or find scripts to streamline photometry and creating light curves.
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* Investigate optimal use of multiple comparison stars, e.g. approaches of [http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2009MNRAS.396.1023S Southworth et al. 2009] or [http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2005AN....326..134B Broeg et al. 2005].
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== Possible future improvements ==
 
* Possible automation of dome opening/closing?
 
* Possible automation of dome opening/closing?
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* Install weather station / cloud sensor?
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* Observatory automation with ACP, CCD AutoPilot, or CCD Commander?
 
* Install eShel spectrograph.
 
* Install eShel spectrograph.

Revision as of 23:37, 27 May 2010

Introduction

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


Telescope software tasks

  • Install Dimension 4 software to improve clock accuracy on observatory PC. See Eastman et al. 2010 for more details on precise timekeeping.
  • Install JSkyCalc on control room computer. (More info on using it at AstroBetter.)
    • 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.
  • Preparations for mapping run to improve the telescope pointing model.
    • Download and install the full version of PinPoint. Eric - this should be registered in my name.
    • Download and install AAG TPointMapper
    • Download and install USNO A2.0 catalog for use by PinPoint as described here.


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.
    • 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.


Documenting telescope operations


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.

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.