Recent Changes/News

General News

  • Preparation of the observations for all Paranal instruments must be made with P2PP version 3 (P2PP3). The latest version of P2PP (3.4.1) is primarily a bugfix release, but it also includes a support for the contrast parameter that will be used for SPHERE in future (not yet available in P95), and it works with Java 1.8 in addition to Java 1.7. If you are preparing observations for other Paranal instruments you may keep using version 3.4.0 if you have it installed on your computer already, or upgrade to the new one. Other, earlier versions of P2PP cannot be used anymore. For service mode observations P2PP3 offers the possibility to encode the observing strategy using so-called scheduling containers.
  • Observation preparation for La Silla telescopes must be done using version 2.13.1 of P2PP.
  • Starting with Phase 2 preparation for Period 90, with P2PP3 it is now possible for a PI of an observing run to allow another user to create the OBs, READMEs, etc. using their own User Portal account. Learn more about this new feature on our dedicated P2PP page.
  • As of ESO period 91, all observations of moving targets will be fully integrated within the automated scheduling of service-mode observations at the VLT. To enable this, all observations of moving targets must now specify the ephemeris file as a so-called VLT Parameter File (PAF) as well as the corresponding absolute time windows. More information on this change and the requirements for the new ephemeris file can be found at the Moving Targets procedure page.

Observatory News

Please have a look at the latest news and events of the La Silla Paranal Observatory. This page covers some important telescope and instruments news from the  various ESO sites.

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