You can use the telescope and the camera via ssh login and screen. See description here: Usage of the screen program
An example for ssh login:
ssh -X email@example.com where user is your username on
Or, alternatively, you can use x2go to connect to the RCC control computer,
To use x2go, you need the following setup:
m5outside of the konkoly network, you have to tick
Use proxy server for SSH connection.
Set display DPIand set it to 96.
m5, add your folder here.
Enter your working directory in a console:
cd /data2/user/YYYYMMDD Always save your fits files into the /data or /data2 folder! Attention! It is recommended to use the
/data2 folder with this camera on
In a console type:
rcc-test If everything is green, proceed further. If not, contact the support astronomer.
In a console type:
acectrl --status If
Main pickoff mirror is
off, the telescope is ready for photometric observations. If not, type
acectrl --stop. Start
ds9. Check the telescope:
Start CCDSH in a console:
If your .ccdsh_startup file is not prepared for the usage of the SI camera, type in CCDSH:
source /usr/local/ccdsh/scripts/load-ace-sicamera.ccdsh This will load the camera driver and the filter parameters.
status in CCDSH. If everything is green, proceed further.
Check the camera temperature in CCDSH:
get temperature It should be -115 Celsius. If not, contact the support astronomer!
Cool the guider camera. Type in a console:
rcc-autoguide.qsi --temperature -30 -20 recommended during summer.
Open the dome slit. In CCDSH:
set dome slit open
Open the guider cap:
rcc guidercap open
Start the tracking:
set mount track on
Start the automatic dome rotation:
rcc dome auto
Open the tube and mirror covers:
rcc tubecover open
After 30 seconds:
rcc mirrorcover open
rcc status. If everything is opened and green, proceed.
You can check the status of the camera, too:
If you see something like this, the camera is Ok and you could proceed:
SI Camera device status: 0 idle
CCD temperature: -115.0 [C]
Cold end temperature: -133.0 [C]
CCD chamber pressure: 0.000 [Torr]
CryoTiger Pressure 1 (forward): 259 [psi]
CryoTiger Pressure 2 (return): 31 [psi]
Slew to your target. In CCDSH:
Check which filter is in use:
If you want to change the filter, for example R, type:
set filter R
Create a 20 second test image:
acquire -t 20 -x
Attention! Right now (2019.08.28.) there is NO bin and trim support for this camera! Please do not attempt to trim and bin the image!
The field of view is about 16'x16'. If your target is not where you want it, type in a console:
rccpanel --speed 8 &
This will bring up a small panel. With the arrows you can move the telescope. Check the position again with a test image. If the target is where you want it, start the autoguide. First, create a test image with the guider. Type in a console:
rcc-autoguide.qsi --exptime 10 -o x.fits && xpaset ds9 fits < x.fits
If there are more than 10 stars, you can start the autogide with this command in a console:
rcc-autoguide.qsi --exptime 10 --relax 5 --point This will do a 10 seconds exposure, and wait 5 seconds until the next. And in the meantime it will adjust the position of the telescope.
If you have less than 10 stars in the guider FOV, use the
--fine option, instead of the
Check the focus in CCDSH:
If you are not satisfied, change the focus:
set focus 79.0.
The usual focus value with the SI camera is around 78.5-79.2, but it is heavily depending on the temperature! Also, the focuser has some hysteresis, so be careful when setting it. Always check your focus during the night, because it can change! You can use the
fitsh based imexam command in a console, to check your stars, but always set the zoom level to 1 in
imexam has a small bug.
If everything is set, you can start your observing sequence. In CCDSH:
sequence -n M31-%N -V -x -j name=M31 3*([r,180,delay=2])
This will create 3 images in r filter, with 180 seconds exposure time.
You can use multiple filters:
sequence -n M31-%N -V -x -j name=M31 3*([r,180,delay=2],[i,120,delay=2])
Attention! The delay is necessary, because right now (2019.08.28.) you CANNOT stop the exposure or your script when the SI camera is in use! You can do that only during the delay time, so please be very careful!)
For more options see
sequence --help in CCDSH.
You can use scripts in CCDSH:
source kedvencscriptem.ccdsh. But keep in mind, that if you slew to an other target, you have to stop and restart the guiding process!
When you finished observing, stop the autoguider when it is in a relax state with
ctrl+c. Also, you can stop a sequence or a script with
Warm up the guider camera. In a console:
rcc-autoguide.qsi --temperature off or
rcc-autoguide.qsi --temperature 0 (Only if you are sure that it will be used next night too.)
set mount track off
rcc dome manual
rcc mirrorcover close
rcc tubecover close
rcc guidercap close
set dome slit close
rcc slew 0 47.8
set dome azimuth=156.3
After a few minutes, check that everything is ok and closed in CCDSH:
status; rcc status
Turn on the lights in the dome:
set dome light 1 on/off
Check the telescope on the webpage:
Turn off the lights in the dome:
set dome light 1 off/on
The SI camera should not be warmed up! Please do not attempt to do it!
It is highly recommended to make bias and dark frames every night. You should make flat frames at least once a week.
sequence -n bias 11*([bias])
sequence -n dark-20sec 11*([dark,time=20],delay=2)
NOTE: The SI camera is cooled to -115 Celsius, so in theory the dark current is negligible, therefore, in theory, there is no need for dark frames.
To make flat frames, you should open the tube and mirror covers and turn off the dome lights. Depending on what filter you would like to use, turn on the appropriate flat lamp. In a console:
energenie-manage --flat-faint on
energenie-manage --flat-bright on
energenie-manage --flat-dimm on
set dome azimuth=156.3 and
rcc slew 7 -4.5
sequence -n flat -V -j flat -x 11*([filter=B,time=60,delay=2])
Always check the exposure times for the flats. A good flat is around 20000-30000 ADU.
When you finished, turn off the flat lamp(s). In a console:
energenie-manage --flat-faint off, etc.
Close the mirror and tube covers.
Put the telescope in a vertical position. In CCDSH:
rcc slew 0 47.8
offcommand will turn it on and the
onwill turn it off.
vncviewer 172.31.171.171Please do not touch anything here, just check if there is any error messages, or if the control program is running or not!
Coolerbutton, to start the cooling if it is not working.
TCP/IPicon. This terminates the current socket.
Operate -> TCP/IP Server