1. Checklist for Opening Up

1. In warm room, turn on both computers (in rack to right of monitors; two black boxes will show green lights if on).

2. In warm room, Login to both computers as: User: Observer (password in notebook).

3. In warm room: On the left computer, double click on the Maxim DL 6 icon.

4. In warm room: On the right computer, double click on the ACE icon. Login as: User: smith (password in notebook)

5. In dome: Make sure the Apogee CCD is on the back of the 24 inch telescope, rather than the eyepiece. Call Laura if it is not. Make sure two cords are plugged into it---a power cord and a USB data cord.

6. In dome: make sure the power strip is plugged into the wall, and turn the power strip on. Outlet strip is taped to the telescope. You should hear a whirring sounds start up from the CCD.

7. In dome: Open the dome by pushing and holding down the Open button on the big grey box. Make sure stuff doesn't fall on the telescope; if it does call Laura.

8. In dome: Climb ladder and remove the big mirror cover. Place it in the holder that is attached to the dome.

9. In warm room: In Maxim DL 6, click on View menu and then Camera Control Window. Under Setup in this window, click Connect. Then click Cooler On. You'll want to wait until the CCD is at -28 deg before observing (this can take a while).

10. In warm room: While waiting for CCD to cool down, in ACE click on Instruments menu at top, and under it select Filter Wheel. This will open a new window. In it, click Initialize.

11. In warm room: In ACE, click on Telescope menu at top, and then select from it Focus. A new window should pop up. Set the focus to an initial guess of 135000 in this window.

12. In warm room: on left computer, go to the Images folder and find the directory named for your source. There should be one--if there isn't, make one (name it completely, carefully, and clearly. Don't mistype your source's name!). If you are going to be observing two stars tonight, you'll need to make directories under two sources' names.

  • Inside that directory, make a subdirectory named with the date (use the format 2015_12_23, which would mean you were observing on December 23, 2015). This is where you will save your images. Move into this directory and plan to save images here.
  • Inside this sub-directory, once you start taking calibration frames, be sure to make separate sub-sub-directories that contain bias frames (call it biases), dark frames (call it darks) and flat field frames (call it flats). If you have flats in multiple filters, save them in different directories. If you are not able to take flats the night of your observations, copy the most recent flats into your directory (that match the filters you plan to use). If you are observing multiple stars tonight, make sure you copy the calibration frames into both stars' directories.

Once the CCD has cooled to -28 deg, you are ready to take data!

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