Plan for September 2014 Startup Observing

Times listed are times on-sky without any weather contingency.

Decision Tree (under development)

Is Instrument Mounted?
   N: Check next instrument
   Y: Is Daytime Checkout Completed?
      N: Check next instrument
      Y: Is On-sky Wake-Up Completed?
         N: Do On-sky Wake-Up
         Y: Is it photometric?
            N: Are Software Tests Completed?
               N: Do software tests.
            Y: Is On-sky Calibration Completed?
               N: Do calibration observations.
               Y: Is Science Verification Completed?
                  N: Do verfication observations.

Notional Calendar Schedule (29 August to 16 September 2014)

  • Friday August 29 (30 UT)
    • First half - LBC wake-up
    • Second half - MODS1 wake-up
  • Saturday August 30 (31 UT)
    • LBC Software tests or photometric calibrations depending on sky conditions.
  • Sunday August 31 (Sep 1 UT)
    • First half - software tests
    • Second half - LBC WRS Tests with Rome
  • Monday Sep 1 (Sep 2 UT)
    • Photometric calibrations and science verification with MODS1 depending on sky conditions.
  • Tuesday Sep 2 (Sep 3 UT)
    • NS Software tests or
    • photometric calibrations depending on sky conditions.
    • AGW1 wake-up
    • Second half - LBC WRS Tests with Rome
  • Wednesday Sep 3 (Sep 4 UT)
    • MODS1 Active Optics Tests (lost to clouds)
  • Thursday Sep 4 (Sep 5 UT)
    • MODS1 Active Optics Tests
  • Friday Sep 5 (Sep 6 UT)
    • MODS1 Active Optics Tests

Instrument Wake-Up (must be done before science can begin = highest priority)

LBCs

  • DONE LBC-Blue wake-up with new CMU (0.5 night, preceded by daytime tests by Kellee)
    • DONE sky flats
    • DONE filter wheel alignment checks (twilight)
    • DONE Pointing, including telescope wake-up
    • DONE Check rotator center
    • DONE DOFPIA collimation
    • DONE Superfoc sequences
    • DONE Guiding for imaging
    • DONE Dithered imaging

  • DONE LBC-Red wake-up with new CMU
    • DONE sky flats
    • DONE filter wheel alignment checks (twilight)
    • DONE Pointing
    • DONE CoPointing
    • DONE Check rotator center
    • DONE DOFPIA collimation
    • DONE Superfoc sequences
    • DONE Guiding for imaging
    • DONE Dithered imaging

MODS1

  • MODS1 wake-up (0.5 night, preceded by daytime tests by Olga)
    • DONE MODS1 pointing, acquisition check, including telescope wake-up
    • DONE MODS1 collimation check
    • DONE MODS1 imaging test w/offsets: done 20140901
    • DONE MODS1 stage centering wrt/rotator center GuiStageCenterNotes: done 20140912 UT
    • DONE MODS1 long slit acquisition done 20140902 UT
    • DONE MODS1 MOS acquisition: done 20140912 UT

  • MODS in bad weather
    • DONE TTF zeropoints: done 20140907 UT, EL=60, ROT=207, and a range of ELs for ROT=207
    • DONE Check for light leaks: done 20140904 UT

LUCI1

  • DONE AGw1 wake-up(2hrs, preceded by daytime tests by Taras, only after AGW1 is remounted on Sep 2)
  • DONE LUCI1 wake-up (0.5 night, only after LUCI1 is remounted on Sep 3 and daytime checkout by DaveT)
    • DONE LUCI1 sky flat with remounted cube stage (should re-do after removal of cube)
    • DONE LUCI1 pointing, acquisition check
    • DONE LUCI1 stage centering wrt/rotator center
    • DONE LUCI1 collimation check
    • DONE LUCI1 imaging test w/offsets
    • DONE LUCI1 MOS acquisition (did long slit acqs)

Instrument Calibrations

LBCs

  • DONE LBC standards for photometric calibrations (0.5 night, photometric)
  • LBC filter focus calibrations with superfoc7 at 0,180 (0.5 night, seeing (Only rV filters have been done)

MODS1

  • DONE MODS1 standards and calibrations (1 night, photometric)

LUCI1

  • LUCI1 standards and calibrations (1 night, photometric)

Instrument Real Observing (Science Verification)

LBCs

  • LBC observing (1 night, spectroscopic)
    • DONE short exposure mosaics
    • DONE deep fields (for science cadence and LBC image quality issues) (Fields at different elevations are interesting for image quality comparison.)
    • DONE non-sidereal

MODS1

  • DONE MODS1 observing (1 night, spectroscopic)
    • DONE deep LS spectroscopy

LUCI1

  • LUCI1 observing (1 night, spectroscopic)
    • DONE deep MOS spectrocopy (did long slit)

Software Tests

Uses MODS1

  • DONE On-sky tests of NonSidereal Guiding for MODS1 using GCS Ver-2.17.4 (priority = high, time=2-3hr, seeing<1.5, thin clouds OK)
  • On-sky tests of NonSidereal Guiding for MODS1 using update GCS Ver-2.17.5 (priority = high, time=2hr, seeing<1.5, thin clouds OK) <span class='WYSIWYG_COLOR' style='color:#0000ff'>This is waiting for Taras to actually make the new version of GCS. Instructions are in Com20140903.

  • Tests of new oacontrol software could be in parallel with Active Optics tests below. (Chris Biddick would have to change the version.)

Uses LUCI1

  • On-sky tests of NonSidereal Guiding for LUCI1 using GCS Ver-2.17.4 (priority = medium, time=2hr, seeing<1.5, thin clouds OK)

Uses LBCs

  • DONE WRS tests with LBC (priority = medium, time= 2 hr, seeing < 1.5, thin clouds OK) Scheduled with Rome for Sept 1-4 starting 8UT

  • Additional WRS tests with LBC (priority = low, time= 2 hr, seeing < 1.5, thin clouds OK) (Marco Stangalini could be available typically at 8UT with some
advance notification by email: marco.stangalini @ oa-roma.inaf.it) Directions on Instrument wiki WRS page.

  • LBC tests with Track_First and Track_Next running on CMU including Sidereal and Non-Sidereal targets (priority=medium, time=2hr, seeing<1.5, thin clouds OK) <span class='WYSIWYG_COLOR' style='color:#0000ff'> This is ready for on-sky tests using V2.1. See Kellee's email of 08-Sep-2014.

Parallel Activities

  • DONE On-sky Tests of the new PCS kernel in PCS.tpk2.3 (priority = medium, time=0.3 hr, seeing=any, clouds=any)

  • DONE Updated ECSGUI (will be using it, but does not require explicit on-sky testing)

  • DONE Alarm Handler (will be using it, but does not require explicit on-sky testing)

  • More testing of LBC parallel observations in pseudomono mode (including the automatic collimation script that John hasn't written yet) (priority=low, time=2hr)
  • DONE Test Observations with the MODS1-MOS plus LBC-Red in pseudomono mode transit observations for Felice. (priority=low, time=4hrs, seeing don't care)

  • DIMM spiral search (priority=medium, time=2 hours - can be in parallel with other tasks tracking stars)

Uses AGW1 only

  • DONE Test M1 Cross-talk coefficients on-sky using zernike_collect with AGW1 (priority=medium, time=1.5hr, seeing<1.2, thin clouds OK)
  • Repeat Test M1 Cross-talk new coefficients on-sky using zernike_collect with AGW1 (priority=medium, time=1.2hr, seeing<1.2, thin clouds OK)

Uses PEPSI PFUs (only SX given the M3 status)

  • Acquire and Guide and Offset with SX PFU to confirm that timing delays reported in early 2014 are gone - J.Hill, I.Ilyin
    (priority=medium, time=2 hrs, seeing and clouds are flexible)
    This is to confirm whether TCS changes in spring 2014 solved the timing problems that PEPSI had in Jan/Feb 2014.

Adaptive Optics Tests

Uses LUCI1

  • Observations with Tip-Tilt Mode for LUCI1 observations and to checkout AGW1 (priority=medium, seeing<1.5 arcsec, time=3hrs) J. C. Guerra

Uses LBTI SX

  • Closing LBTI Adaptive Loop on SX alone (priority=high, time=3hrs, seeing < 1.5 arcsec) V. Bailey (LBTI hardware is now ready, and Vanessa is available on
any of Friday 12 - Tues 16, with her least preferred nights being Sat and Mon.)

Pointing and Collimation

  • Adjusting off-axis guiding parameters for high elevation (priority medium, time=2 hrs, seeing<1.5 arcsec, clouds OK) JHill

Uses MODS1

  • MODS1 active optics with the rotation of the pupil position (in IDL or patched GCS)(priority=medium, time=1 hr, seeing<1.5 arcsec,
thin clouds OK) D. Miller

  • Active Optics new reconstructor tests with MODS1 (and MODS2) (priority=medium, time=4hr, seeing<1.8 arcsec, thin clouds OK) D. Miller

Uses LUCI1

  • DONE AGw1 positioning performance with LUCI1, transform_collect (priority=high, time=2 hrs, seeing<0.8 arcsec, thin clouds OK)

  • DONE Field aberration data with AGW1 (priority=low, time=2 hrs, seeing<0.8 arcsec, thin clouds OK)

Uses LBC

  • Collect new binocular pointing data with LBC (priority=medium, time=2hrs, seeing<2 arcsec, thin clouds OK)
    Try to get half a dozen extra stars at the highest elevations.










Postponed until later, pehaps much later

New LBC CCD Controllers

  • On-sky tests of new LBC Controllers
    • Sky flats
    • Collimation
    • Guiding
    • Deep imaging fields

  • Update timing in DOFPIA / LBCFPIA for new controllers with different latency of readout.

LUCI1 software

  • LUCI1 using LUCI2 software

DX AdSec

  • Adjust pointing and coma for the remounted DX Adsec.

  • Test the new right side Gregorian pointing model that Dave T made in the spring. /home/LBTO/dthompson/PtModel_20140121

  • Check out of repaired DX AdSec and AGW2
    • AGw2 wake-up
    • AGW2 wake-up
    • Closing FLAO Adaptive Loop on DX
    • IRTC tests with the corrected dichroic angle (to verify the angle that W2 is to be aligned to)

  • AGw2 positioning performance with transform_collect

  • Measure RFBG pupil wobble with AGW2 and possibly adjust M3 position (priority=high, time=2 hrs, seeing<1.0 arcsec)

  • DX binodal if AdSec is to remain mounted (priority=high, seeing<0.8 arcsec, mostly clear)

  • Closing LBTI Adaptive Loop on SX and DX (priority=high, seeing < 1.5 arcsec)

  • Collect new binocular pointing data with MODS or LUCI (priority=medium, time=2hrs, seeing<2 arcsec, thin clouds OK)

MODS2

  • MODS2 active optics with the rotation of the pupil position (in IDL or patched GCS)

TCS

  • 64-bit TCS testing (much of this is off-sky, but includes some on-sky verification, time=2 hours, seeing<1.5, clouds OK )

-- %USERSIG{JohnHill - 2014-07-09}%
Topic revision: r23 - 14 Sep 2014, DavidThompson
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