OmegaCAM User Manual
|Period...................||User Manual||Template Manual||Comments|
|P109 Phase 2||109.1||1.4.2||P109. Manual released although only observations carried over from previous periods will be exectued as well as Director's Discretionary Time proposals. No manual released for P110.
|P108 Phase 2||108.2||1.4.2||P108 phase 2. CCD 69 high dark current. CCD 77 out of operation. See news for latest information.
|P108 Phase 1||108.1||1.4.2||P108 phase 1. CCD 77 out of operation. See news for latest information.
|P107 Phase 2||107.3||1.4.2||P107 phase 2. Method to calibrate NB659 and HAlpha added.|
|P106 Phase 2||106.2||1.4.2||P106 phase 2. No changes with respect to P105 Phase 2.
|P105 Phase 2||105.2||1.4.2||P106 phase 2. Effect of laser on OmegaCAM observations illustrated.|
|P104 Phase 2
||104.1||1.4.2||P104 phase 2. No changes with respect to phase 1.|
|P103 Phase 2||103.1||1.4.2||P103 phase 2. No changes with respect to phase 1.
|P102 Phase 2||102.2||1.4.2||Minor changes P102 phase 2.|
|P101 Phase 2||101.3
||1.4.2||Minor changes P101 phase 2. Links to new web based preparation tool p2 added.
|P100 Phase 2||100.2||1.4.2||Minor changes 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 - P2
The service mode observation for the ESO public survey requires to schedule a large number of observation blocks every year. This requires a p2 tool which can handle as well complex observing strategies. Please see the p2 page and OmegaCam p2 tutorial.
- 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.
Data Reduction Frequently Asked Questions
A list of Frequently Asked Questions on data reduction is also available.
Please be reminded that OmegaCAM public survey data will be processed by Astro-WISE (KIDS) and CASU (ATLAS, VPHAS+)