OmegaCAM User Manual
The instrument user manual and template manual to be used for P95 Phase 1&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.
The instrument user manual and template manual to be used for P94 Phase 1&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.
The instrument user manual to be used for P92 Phase 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.
The instrument user manual and template manual to be used for P92 Phase 1.
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.
The instrument user manual to be used for P91 Phase 2. No changes except a new subsection 3.7.5. regarding wind mast vignetting. Template manual remains unchanged.
The instrument user manual and template manual 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.
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.