Phase 2 for Observing Period 104

Published: 04 Jul 2019
Screenshot of the ObsPrep tab - a new feature added for P104 in p2

With the release of the telescope schedule, the preparation of Service Mode (SM) observations (Phase 2) starts. The deadline for the submission of the Phase 2 material for Period 104 is 1 August 2019.

Detailed information on Phase 2 observation preparation can be found here. Paranal users are reminded to use the web application p2 for Phase 2 preparation. La Silla users prepare observations using P2PP version 2.13.4. Please note that we are in the process of bringing the web-based p2 and observing tool vOT to La Silla. Users will be informed when the upgrade is completed with instructions how to switch to new tools.

New in P104: For the instruments X-shooter, ESPRESSO, UVES and noAO modes of MUSE and HAWK-I, p2 includes a new tab called ObsPrep (observation preparation), which offers the possibility to visualise the instrument field of view over a sky image, to interactively define the central telescope pointing, as well as to select blind offset stars and the VLT guide stars. Feedback on this new functionality and on other p2 features in general, is welcome. Users can contribute to further improvements by sending an e-mail to USD.

Further Phase 2 assistance is available via direct e-mail to