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QC1 Database User's Guide:

QC1 database
Users Guide
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QC1 database: User's guide

This is the User's guide for the interfaces to the QC1 Database maintained by QC Garching.

There are three web-based interfaces:

  • a master interface
  • an interface for browsing the content of a QC1 database table
  • an interface for plotting the content of a QC1 database table.

They all connect to the QC1 database containing Quality Control information about the VLT instruments. This information has been obtained by processing raw data using the instrument pipeline. This information is called Quality Control Level 1, or shortly QC1.

The QC1 database contains a set of tables per instrument. One table usually corresponds to one type of calibration frame. E.g., all QC1 information for the UVES arclamp calibrations is collected in a table uves_wave.

The information in the QC1 database is sorted and offered in a rather technical way. E.g., it has quite a number of keywords with special meaning. Although some basic documentation is provided, a certain level of familiarity of the user with the instrument, the data and the keywords is assumed. This is why these interfaces are offered in 'expert mode'.

A more user-oriented, high level interface is the usual QC1 interface accessible on the QC web pages.

General interface

The master interface is accessable under http://archive.eso.org/bin/qc1_cgi.

It shows each supported instrument:

Select an instrument:


Selecting an instrument then displays the set of available browser and plotter interfaces for that instrument:

Select a table for browsing or plotting:

instrument table interface description
AMBER amber_p2vm browse | plot None
  amber_bpos browse | plot QC1 values related to reference pixels frames
  amber_calibrators browse | plot QC1 values related to calibrator fringes frames
  amber_tracking browse | plot QC1 values related to tracking (AO, IRIS, FINITO) parameters

From here you go to the selected browser of plotter interface.


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