Log into LBTO workstation using your partner account (INAF, LBTB, OSURC, AZ)
Start a firefox browser.
Type "lbccontrol" in the URL box and hit return. Click "Enter" which will open the LBC User Interface (UI) in another window.
Go to the Power Control page. Is HouseKeeping on (status "ready")? ("enabled" means only that it is ready to be turned on).
If not on already, turn on Housekeeping. When that is "ready", turn on "Other Systems". If it is cold (<0C) outside, first click "Warm Up" and leave that for 30 minutes before turning on "Other Systems".
Click "Connect LBT" to establish telescope-instrument communications.
Open an xterm and type "IIFGUI &" to bring up the IIF GUI display which will allow you to keep track of when commands to the mount & mirrors are completed.
Open another xterm and type "idl" to start an IDL session.
If automatic image display is desired, open an xterm and type "RB_Science" (or "Blue_Science" or "Red_Science", if only LBC Blue or LBC Red is to be used).
Go to the iraf directory; (usually ~/iraf)
Open an xgterm in the iraf directory. cl to start IRAF. epar LBTtools and change the date to the correct UT date. Load LBTtools.
Create a directory in /scratch with the UT date (ie 20130330). cd to the directory in your iraf session and run prepdir
Take a test bias /home/LBTO/Calib_OBs/BIASDARK/10Bias_Bino_Checkout.ob (can be run with dome lights on; just to check /newdata)
Take biases (lights off in dome, telescope stationary), skyflats if desired.
On the UI, click "Browse" to locate the OB.
Upload the OB (Click the downward pointing arrow. The OB name and basic information will appear to the right.)
Play the OB (Click the right-pointing arrow).
Collimate and co-point the telescope. Execute the observations in this order:
yourCoPoint.ob (Play the OB to slew. Stop the OB. You only need the preset)
dofpia, /X2, /first (the X2 doubles the exposure time to 32 seconds; first should ONLY be used at the beginning of the night)
yourCoPoint.ob (allow it to complete and take the in-focus images)
In IRAF load Observer.lbcrangebal. Epar lbcrangebal and enter the red and blue image taken by the CoPoint.ob script
run lbcrangebal on these images; follow the direction in IRAF; This corrects pointing (IE and CA) and co-pointing (moving SX). If using only LBC Blue or LBC Red, run, instead, LBTtools.LBC.ptautoadjust to adjust the pointing only
Load your science OB and observe!
Run dofpia and lbcrangebal ~30 minutes or as needed.
(IF FOR SOME REASON THE PI HAS NOT PROVIDED A POINTING OB)
Choose a pointing star at high elevation from the list.
Browse for and upload the corresponding OB from /home/LBTO/RB_VV_PointingOBs/. OB names are of the form StarName.ob
Play the OB to slew. Stop the OB.
Focus/collimate (Run "dofpia" in the IDL window; dofpia, /first for the first one of the night).
Browse, reload the pointing star OB. Play it.
In IRAF, run LBTtools.Observe.lbcrangebal. This corrects pointing (IE and CA) and co-pointing (moving SX). If using only LBC Blue or LBC Red, run, instead, LBTtools.LBC.ptautoadjust to adjust the pointing only.
Slew to your first target.
Reload the OB and play it to obtain the science data.
During the Night
As a general rule, if you encounter an error: check the Log, run down/up "Other Systems".