Science Operations

Script Preparation

Latest Version of the Observing Tool, OT 2020A 1.0.0

OT 2020A V1.0.0 SUPERSEDES ALL PRIOR VERSIONS. OLDER VERSIONS HAVE BEEN DEPRECATED AND WILL NO LONGER GENERATE SCRIPTS.

The LBTO Observing Tool (OT) is a GUI-driven software that allows users to create complex and detailed observing scripts. While based (with permission) on Gemini Observatory’s tool, when complete, the customized LBTO Observing Tool will support observations with all LBTO facility instruments (LUCI, MODS, LBC).

The philosophy of the OT is to hide the complexity of the observatory control systems and yet not restrict significantly the scientific capabilities and innovative observing techniques.

Investigators should use the Observing Tool to construct a Science Program containing observations that specify their target positions, guide stars, observing condition constraints and define sequences of telescope motion and instrument configuration, science and calibration exposures. During this process the first point of contact for queries about the Observing Tool and observation definition should be LBTO staff and local Partner Coordinators.

Upon completion of the detailed definition, the PI should create and download scripts to their local computer using the tool and pass these scripts and the exported Science Program to their Partner Coordinators, Partner Service Observers, and/or LBTO staff.

NOTE: The 2020A Observing Tool is the current public release. It will produce 1) monocular and binocular LBC Science scripts 2) monocular MODS scripts (which can be run at time of execution in “identical” and “fraternal” twin mode) 3) monocular LUCI1 and LUCI2 Science seeing-limited scripts 4) limited binocular LUCI Science scripts; including “identical twin” OBs, with mirrored observations on both SX and DX 5) “Fraternal” LUCI twin scripts that allow for different instrument configurations but identical targets, PAs, and offsets 6) ARGOS enabled LUCI scripts 7) calibration scripts for all instruments.