User's Guide to the Nickel Direct Imaging Camera


Table of Contents


Introduction
Hardware Overview
Software Overview
Detector Characteristics
Filter Wheel
CCD User Interface
Eventsounds
Observing Hints
Checklists

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Software Overview

Observing with the Nickel Direct Imaging Camera is controlled through a suite of programs that operate in concert, but are addressed through several GUI's, separated by function as follows:

Summary of Observing Software for the Nickel Telescope and Direct Imaging Camera
ProgramFunctionIconCommand Line
Data-Taker Control CCD array and set exposure parameters
(starting the data-taker also starts the Motor Controller).
nickel_direct_client
Motor Controller Filter and aperture wheel control
(this program starts when data-taking program is started;
this program also controls motors for Nickel Spectrograph).
nickel_inst_gui
POCO Telescope pointing and control
poco_fe
Auxilliary Telescope Hardware Dome shutter, windscreen, and flatfield lamp control.
naux_fe
Guider Acquisition/guide TV and autoguider control.
nickel_guider_client
Coords Read starlists and display starcharts
coords
Check40 Permissions and Weather Status GUI
check40_obs
Eventsounds Sound generator for exposure events
eventsounds nickel

From the observer's perspective, all software runs on noir.ucolick.org. This manual focuses on data-taking and instrument control. Telescope and autoguider operation, and other ancillary software are described in the users' guides for the Nickel 1-m Telescope and Lick Autoguider.

Each software component can be started from its icons on the noir toolbar, as shown above, or by typing its command line argument. Observers may not need all the software listed, but in general will require most.


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Last modified: Tue Jul 17 18:15:49 PDT 2012