Science Operations

Starting the software



LUCI can be run directly from the mountain obsN workstations as well as from the Tucson remote operations room RM507-N workstations, there is no longer any need to run a remote desktop into the LUCI computer as was done for LUCI1. Log into an LBTO workstation using your partner account (INAF,LBTB,OSURC,AZ). In the remote operations room in Tucson, log in as observer.

OBS Machines on the Mountain: open_observer luci/ luci

The primary command used to bring up the interfaces/components for LUCI1 and LUCI2 on the 32 bit machines (obs2-4) open_observer luci and luci from the 64 bit machines (obs5, obs6, and robs). This command can be used to individually, or all at once, bring up all of the necessary components to run LUCI1 and LUCI2.

To see the available options, type open_observer luci in a terminal on the obs2-4 machines


On a 64 bit machine, type luci then tab to see options:

open_observer luci all  / luci

For the 32 bit machines, the command open_observer luci all, and for the 64 bit machines the command luci, is used bring up the components for nightly observing for LUCI1 and LUCI2 (binocular LUCI observing). FOr the 32 bit machines, this will bring up the Observer Panel, LUCI1 & 2 GEIRS, Firefox, IIFGUI, and the GCSGUIs for both sides.  For the 64 bit machines it is a little more stream lined. This will open the Observer GUI, the Real Time Display, and the Telescope Service Panel.  Geirs can be brought up if necessary through the command luci_geirs1  and/or luci_geirs2 (depending  if you are running one or both LUCIs).  We recommend users have the FACSUM rather than the GCS or IIF open.

Position the arrangement of windows to your liking. The small GEIRS control GUI is not directly interacted with, but must be left up.

If doing monocular observing, the components for a single LUCI can be brought up by specifying the particular LUCI being used:

open_observer luci1 …

open_observer luci2 …

Observer Panel

On the 32 bit machines, the command open_observer luci observer is used to open the LUCI Observer Panel GUI.

On the 64 bit machines, the command luci_observer is used to open the LUCI Observer Panel GUI.



   This panel is used to load and execute scripts, as well as get real time instrument configuration feedback. Multiple Observer panels can be open at any given time, users should be wary of having too many instances open. Executable commands can be sent from all Observer Panels, and all Observer Panels relay updated instrument feedback. Too many instances can result in confusion or unnecessary slowdowns.

On the Observer Panel GUI are 3 buttons for each LUCI to open the Instrument Manager GUIs (the LUCI2 and LUCI1 buttons), the Readout Manager GUIs (READ2 and READ1) and the Real-Time Displays (RTD1 and RTD2).


On the 32 bit machines, the command open_observer luci geirs is used to open the LUCI GEIRS GUI.

On the 64 bit machines, the command luci_geirs 1 and or luci_geirs 2 is used to open the LUCI GEIRS GUI.

Opens an instance of the readout service GEIRS. It takes about 45 seconds to initialize and come up. Once initialized a popup will appear asking the user to confirm the Observer. There is no need to change any other information in this popup.  The other options and fields, such as the “Optics” field, are used for testing only.


Clicking “all” rather than “OK” does almost the same thing but will initialize the ROE.  We recommend selecting “OK”.  The GEIRS control and display GUIs will then open.


Only ONE instance of GEIRS is allowed open at any given time. This instance must remain open during an exposure.
Do not close the GEIRS windows and re-launch them while a LUCI integration is in progress. This will cause a problem.  If you need to re-launch the GEIRS windows (i.e. if your screen freezes or another problem occurs) please wait until the exposure is done.  Re-launching the GEIRS windows causes the system services to stop and restart.  Closing a GEIRS window does NOT stop the system services.


On the 32 bit machines, the command open_observer luci telsvc is used to open the LUCI Telescope Service GUI

On the 64 bit machines, the command luci_telsc is used to open the LUCI Telescope Service GUI.

The user can use this interface to confirm connection to the IIF and send manual offsets to the telescope.




We recommend a user gleans information about the guider from the FACSUM rather than bring up the GCS for bandwidth purposes. 

GCS can be brought up with the command GCSGUI left or GCSGUI right through a terminal on a 64 bit machine. 

It can be opened with the open_observer luci gcsgui through a 32 bit machine. 

This opens the GCSGUI for both the left and right sides unless otherwise specified. The GCSGUI is used but the observer to visually confirm and monitor guider acquisition and wave front sensing.


The telescope will collimate, and once the wavefront sensor error WFE (circled above in the GCS GUI) is below ~800 nm, LUCI will proceed with executing the observations.


We recommend a user brings up the FACSUM for the telescope telemetry rather than have the IIFGUI.
The IIF GUI can be opened through a terminal on a 64bit machine with the command IIFGUI.  O
n a 32bit machine this can be opened with open_observer luci iifgui
This GUI displays useful telescope telemetry information and telescope status information. Much of the information in this GUI is repeated on the FACSUM.

RM507 Machines In the Remote Room (Tucson):

Observer GUIs:
The computers in the remote observing room have recently been upgraded. To login into the computers, use the “observer” account and ask your ISA for the password.
To launch the LUCI GUIs: 1) select Activities; 2) then click “LUCI” (see image below):


The LUCI Observer GUI, the Real Time Display GUI, and the telescope service GUI will all launch.
Do NOT click RTD1 and/or RTD2 on the Observer GUI.  The desktop should look like the image below:

To launch the Aladdin displays, click START on the RTD1 or RTD2 GUIs (green circle and check mark).  Do not launch the RTD from the Observer GUI.

Open a Terminal window from the Desktop and type “luci_geirs1” to launch GEIRS for LUCI-1 and “luci_geirs2” to launch GEIRS for LUCI-2 (see below):


This will take about 45 seconds per GEIRS.  The following windows will pop-up:

Leave everything as is, and click “OK”

The following GUIs will also appear on the Desktop for each LUCI:
Other GUIs:
You should also launch a GCS GUI for each LUCI being used (this is the Guider Control Software) and the IIFGUI (which shows information about where the telescope is pointed and which instruments are authorized).  In another Terminal, type:  “GCSGUI left &” for LUCI-1 and “GCSGUI right &” for LUCI-2.  Then type “IIFGUI &”  – the following should appear: