Commissioning Plans


Through a series of observing runs, characterize the instrument and develop and test the automated operation.

Current Major Items:

  • Re-acquire pointing model data once secondary stabilized (should be done with SEDM RC)
  • Instrument Throughput: characterize both spectroscopic and photometric throughputs (Don, Nadia)
    • throughput now characterized with Standard stars.
  • Operational Efficiency: characterize procedures that will optimize target observing (Don, Nadia, Richard)
    • pointing still limits acquisition and requires interaction. Consuming ~40s of overhead per science target.

Completed Items:

  • Fix secondary vacuum system to improve pointing stability (Oct 13-17, 2016)
  • Re-acquire pointing model data once secondary stabilized (Done with testing camera, Oct 13-17, 2016)
  • IFU optics stabilized by clamp that replaces spring
  • Calibration Lamps: now fully automated
  • DRP wavelengths: calibrated using Xe, Cd, and Hg arc observations
  • RC photometry: automated pipeline completed
  • Instrument Control: robotically operated
  • Data Reduction: photometry is completely automated, spectroscopy required minimal interaction

Commissioning Reports:

-- DonNeill - 19 Nov 2015

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