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Mopra Operations. Balt Indermuehle 13 June 2008. What’s new at Mopra. Telescope Operating Alerting Device Gotta love the TOAD! Mopra Online Calendar Add some MOCA to your Google Mopra Remote Observing Coming to a chicken, I mean screen near you Updated the SiO Maser catalogue

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Mopra Operations

Balt Indermuehle

13 June 2008


What’s new at Mopra

  • Telescope Operating Alerting Device

    • Gotta love the TOAD!

  • Mopra Online Calendar

    • Add some MOCA to your Google

  • Mopra Remote Observing

    • Coming to a chicken, I mean screen near you

  • Updated the SiO Maser catalogue

    • Some are a-masing and some are not

  • New Web Page – Observing Information

    • See ya MUM

  • Online schedulers updated

    • Bring out the box of Band Aids

  • Mopra Training Day (25 March 2008)

    • All presentations online

ATNF Mopra Operations


Mopra Wishlist (well, Todo list)

  • New software routines in ASAP and Livedata to minimise the baseline ripple.

  • Characterisation of the antenna & MOPS at 12, 7 and 3 mm.

  • Implement GUI interfaces within ASAP for easier quick-look data reduction.

  • Implement the option within ASAP to write files in GILDAS format.

  • New sky web cam to be installed at the telescope to give more information on how clear the sky is.

ATNF Mopra Operations


Mopra Observing Time

  • Mopra APR08 Term

    • 48 proposals were submitted (33 in APR07)

      • 3 proposals with Australian PI (ATNF, UNSW, JCU)

      • 45 proposals with overseas PI

        • 28 proposals with only overseas investigators

  • Call for Proposals for the OCT08 Term

    • For the OCT08 term (summer months) ATNF encourages medium-large programs (e.g. large-sky maps, surveys, large samples) that require a time allocation of at least two weeks with 12-hour daily observing blocks.

    • We expect to be able to offer remote observing on a regular basis starting October semester

ATNF. Mopra Operations


Remote Observing – Monitoringhttp://www.narrabri.atnf.csiro.au/mopra/TOAD

Page selection

Message Commands

Message Area

Static Data Display

Status

Receiver

Focus

mm Switch

Weather

B5

Laser

Mods

B6

Upstairs

Attenuators

Cryo Summary

Hardware

Environment

MOPS Summary

Power

Summary


Remote Observing – Monitoringhttp://www.narrabri.atnf.csiro.au/mopra/TOAD


Remote Observing - Requirements

Reasonable size screen resolution (1280x1024 or larger)

Monitor (TOAD) and Control

Stable connection, i.e.

No planned outages on your end

No planned outages @ ATNF (check with Balt, Phil or Kate)

Ideally several computers, but works with just one, too.


Remote Observing – Setting up

Requires ATNF user account

VNC Sessions, using SSH tunnelling:

SSH into venice.atnf.csiro.au, using this command:

ssh your_ident@venice.atnf.csiro.au -L 5910:bigrock.atnf.csiro.au:5910

Start VNC on your computer and connect to

localhost:5910

See step by step instructions

http://www.narrabri.atnf.csiro.au/mopra/remobs.html


Remote Observing - WYSINNWYWGAYMWV

Most frequent setup: One computer, one screen:

Open Web Browser with TOAD

Open VNC window into bigrock, with virtual desktops inside VNC

See following screens


Remote Observing - Displays

Screen selection


Remote Observing – 1 Computer Setup

VNC

Web Browser


Remote Observing –Recommended 4 Quad-Screen Setup

VNC TCS Screen

VNC SPD / Pointing / Utilities Screen

VNC MOPS Screen

Web Browser


Important to know

Each screen can be a separate computer

No need to run out and purchase multi head graphics cards

Thank you

Questions?


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