$ CCD_ n
where n = 1 or 2, specifying controller. This creates OBSERVER CCD_n display on terminal.
Have patience! It takes some time to start up. At the end the prompt should become IDLE>.
In the event of a fatal error, seek expert help.
is used by the on-line log to add instrument-specific header items.
required if a large CCD (e.g. MITLL3) is used, in order to minimise readout time and disk storage.
sets the readout area and on-chip binning of the CCD. A number of CCD windows are available in the default directory (GIVE)
TEK1K_SETUP 121 x 1024, central columns; for UCLES setup.
TEK1K_SX2 (512+13) x 1024; binned x 2 along slit; usual for UCLES.
TEK1K_DIRECT (1024+26) x 1024
UHRF_X4 spatial binning x4 (256+4) x 1024
UHRF_X8 spatial binning x8 (128+4) x 1024
Custom windows can be created on request - ask your support astronomer or technician.
SPEED (SLOW, XTRASLOW, NORMAL, FAST, or NONASTRO) sets the readout speed. Higher speeds introduce greater readout noise, so the correct choice depends on the anticipated count rate (see Section 1.4)
COLOUR (GRAY, CONTOUR, FALSE, GREY, or GRJT) sets greyscale for XMEM display. GRAY turns red for pixels where the ADC is saturated.
sets the default exposure time to be t seconds.
takes an exposure for t in command or set by TIME. The exposure is displayed on the XMEM but not written to disk unless you type KEEP GLANCE (becomes an archival frame).
takes an exposure for t in command or set by TIME. The exposure is displayed on the XMEM and written to a temporary storage area: DISK$DATA:[CCD_n.yymmdd]LETTER.SDF, or /vaxdata/ccd_n/yymmdd/letter.sdf where letter is a letter of the alphabet - filenames repeat after 26.
takes an exposure for t in command or set by TIME. The exposure is displayed on the XMEM and written to an archival storage area: DISK$INST:[CCD_n.yymmdd]ddmmmnnnn.SDF, or
/vaxinst/ccd_n/yymmdd/ddmmmrrrr.sdf. (e.g. [CCD_1.010103]03JAN0034.SDF for the 34th run taken on 3/1/2001.)
takes an exposure with slit shutter closed for t in command or set by TIME.
0 second exposure with slit shutter closed
repeat the next RUN style command indefinitely or n times in total.
end REPEAT mode at end of next exposure.
close slit shutter and pause timer. Note that cosmic rays will continue to accumulate!
continue paused exposure
terminate exposure, readout CCD
terminate exposure or readout, trash data. Requires confirmation of YES or Y.
OBJECT text string adds object name into header; can be done during exposure and/or readout
EXIT Exit at end of night, returning to DCL
$ LOGOUT At end of each night; a new directory has to be created for next night and this requires OBSERVER to be logged in each day after 10.00 EST.
CTRL/P or CTRL/N Scrolls previous/next message window
SHOW shows CCD technical data. Observer automatically switches to this mode if detector status is red.
ENDSHOW Return to normal operating screen.
RECOVER XMEM Attempt to recover from error.
RECOVER CCD Attempt to recover from error.
RESET Clear system
RESET HARD Clear system, including CCD & microcode.