OmegaCAM User Manual
|Period...................||User Manual||Template Manual||Comments|
|P100 Phase 1||99.0||1.4.2||No changes with regards to P99. Changes foreseen for P100 phase 2.|
|P99 Phase 2||99.0||1.4.2||Minor changes|
|P98 Phase 2||98.0||1.4.2||movetogap template re-offered in phase 1. Phase 2 minor changes.|
|P97 Phase 2||96.0||1.4.2|
|P97 Phase 1||96.0||1.4.2||
No changes - Move2Gap acquisition not offered. From now on the versions for the document will be:
User Manual: ESO-272949
Template Manual: ESO-272950
|P96 Phase 2||96.0||1.4.2||No changes - Move2Gap acquisition not offered|
|P96 Phase 1
||96.0||1.4.2||No changes - Move2Gap acquisition not offered|
|P95 Phase 2||95.0||1.4.2||No changes - Move2Gap acquisition not offered|
|P95 Phase 1||95.0||1.4.2||Please notice that a new section (Sect 2.9.1) has been added where a short description of the performances of the new baffling system (installed in P94) is presented. For further updates during P95 please refer to the OmegaCam News page.|
|P94 Phase 2||94.0||1.4.2||No changes.|
|P94 Phase 1||94.0||1.4.2||No changes wrt P93 Phase 2 except a note on the partial installation of an improved baffling mechanism on the VST (Sect. 2.9) that is expected to be completed during the first half of 2014. Please follow the updates in the OmegaCam News page.|
|P93 Phase 2||93.0||1.4.2||No changes|
|P93 Phase 1||93.0||1.4.2||No changes|
|P92 Phase 2||92.1||1.4.2||No changes wrt P92 Phase 1 version except a 5s reduction in overhead for first offset in a science template (Sect. 3.4.4). Template manual remains unchanged.|
|P92 Phase 1||92.0||1.4.2||NOTE the User Manual updates regarding readout and filter setup overheads (Sect. 3.4.4). Last readout of an OB comes free of charge, and filter setup between templates is 30s shorter.|
|P91 Phase 2||91.0 15/12/2012||1.4.2||No changes except a new subsection 3.7.5. regarding wind mast vignetting. Template manual remains unchanged.|
|P91 Phase 1||91.0 6/9/2012||1.4.2|
|P90 Phase 2||90.0 27/2/2012||1.4.2||To be used for P90 Phase 2. NOTE the User Manual updates regarding IA and offset overheads (Sect. 3.4.4): overhead for IA was reduced from four to three minutes.|
|P90 Phase 1||90.0 27/2/2012||1.4.2||To be used for P90 Phase 1. NOTE the User Manual updates regarding overheads and PSF (Sects. 3.4.4, 3.7.1).|
|P89 Phase 2||2.5 30/06/2011||1.3 11/7/2012||To be used for P89 Phase 2. NOTE the User Manual updates regarding flatfielding and overheads (Sects. 2.9. and 3.4.4.).|
|P88 Phase 1 and 2||2.7.1||1.4.1 14/9/11||To be used for P88 Phase 2 and P89 Phase 1. NOTE the User Manual updates regarding ADC and overheads (Sects. 3.2.2. and 3.4.4.).|
The Survey Area Definition Tool - SADT
For the preparation of survey observations with VST the use of the Survey Area Definition tool is encouraged to define the survey layout. The tool and its documentation (cookbook and video tutorial) are available from:
The Phase 2 Proposal Preparation Tool - P2PP
The service mode observation for the ESO public survey requires to schedule a large number of observation blocks every year. This requires a p2pp tool which can handle as well complex observing strategies.Therefore new concepts of scheduling containers have been included in P2PP version 3 tool, which has to be used for preparation observations with the VST.
Video tutorials and practical examples how to prepare survey OBs can be found on the following page:
- Illumination correction report by the OmegaCAM consortium, accepted version from July 4, 2012. This report describes the strategy to correct the OmegaCAM photometric calibration for the illumination variations within flat field exposures.
- "New Observing Concepts for ESO Survey Telescopes" by Bierwirth et al. 2010, SPIE presentation
- Two more detailed documents on the OmegaCAM detector system can be found here (Workshop on Scientific Detectors for Astronomy, June 20 - 24, 2005, Taormina, Italy) and here (SPIE Symposium, May 24 - 31, 2006, Orlando, Florida), courtesy of the ESO Optical Detector Group.
- The original Calibration Plan and DFS User Requirements are also available.
Science Data Products Forum
A forum is available to exchange ideas, methods, software and data to assist with the production of science data products from ESO telescopes.