Difference between revisions of "Task list"

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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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* 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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== Improving telescope operations ==
 
== Improving telescope operations ==
 
* Do a substantial (> 100 point) point run using AAG TPointMapper.
 
* Do a substantial (> 100 point) point run using AAG TPointMapper.
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* Use FocusMax software to automate focusing of the imaging camera.
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** Read [http://users.bsdwebsolutions.com/~larryweber/ITSPaper.htm background info] on its operation.
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** Set up FocusMax to link to TCC focuser.
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** Do calibration runs to set up V curves for our system.
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** Change MaximDL settings to link to FocusMax hub, which then links to the focuser/TCC.  Save this configuration (under Apogee/Photometry).
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* Continue to work on [Autoguiding] improvements - especially the optimal Dec backlash setting.
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== Documenting telescope operations ==
 
== Documenting telescope operations ==
 
* Create a page on [[Autoguiding]] to document what we learn about best settings for autoguiding.
 
* Create a page on [[Autoguiding]] to document what we learn about best settings for autoguiding.
 
* Download availables manuals for the [http://www.shelyak.com/en/eshel.html eShel spectrograph] and put on our [[Documentation]] page.
 
* Download availables manuals for the [http://www.shelyak.com/en/eshel.html eShel spectrograph] and put on our [[Documentation]] page.
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* Put MaximDL documentation (or links to it) on [[Documentation]] page.

Revision as of 22:28, 27 May 2010

  • 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.
  • 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