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ACAM observing commands
The syntax of the most useful commands is summarised below. For details, see the ACAM observing guide.
The system is sensitive to the case of the command, but not to that of the parameters - it will respond to:
but not to:
Type '&' after a command to recover the prompt immediately after issuing a command, e.g.:
multrun acam 5 300 "title" &
(useful if you want to issue further commands while the initial command is being executed).
1 - Instrument control
agacam Position the largefeed flat mirror in the A&G box to transmit light from the sky to ACAM (abbreviation for agmirror largefeed) acamcal Position the smallfeed flat mirror in the A&G box to transmit light from the calibration lamps to ACAM (abbreviation for agacamcal, or agmirror smallfeed) acamimage SlnR Configure ACAM for imaging through the Sloan r filter. This filter can be in either of the filter wheels, or in the focal-plane slide. The command is not case-sensitive. acamimage SlnR 1 Configure ACAM to image the 1-arcsec slit through the Sloan r filter (useful during spectroscopic acquisition). The allowed slits are 0.5, 0.75, 1, 1.5, 2, 10 and mask. acamimage SlnR 1.0 won't work. The command is not case-sensitive. acamspec V400 1 Configure ACAM for spectroscopy, using the V400 grism, and a 1-arcsec slit. For e.g. the 0.5-arcsec slit, type acamspec V400 0.5. See above paragraph for available choice of slits (and likewise, acamspec V400 1.0 won't work). Optionally a filter can also be requested, by giving its name as a third parameter on the command line. The command is not case-sensitive. acamslit ACAM_0.5 Select 0.5-arcsec slit. The allowed options are clear, ACAM_0.5, ACAM_0.75, ACAM_1, ACAM_1.5, ACAM_2, ACAM_10, mask. Note the lack of decimals in the names of slits with widths 1, 2 and 10 arcsec. NB the acamimage and acamspec commands move whichever of the 3 mechanisms (slit slide and 2 wheels) need moving, and apply the relevant telescope focus offset. acamslit -p 2 Select slit position 2 (range 1 - 8) - this is equivalent to the above acamwh1 3 Move filter wheel 1 to position 3 (range 1 - 7 usually) acamwh2 7 Move filter wheel 2 to position 7 (range 1 - 7 usually) acamwh2 BESU Move filter wheel 2 to position of Bessell U filter (the name is as given in the ING filter database)The following commands can be used to initialise mechanisms: acamslitinit, acamwh1init, acamwh2init.
2 - CCD setup
window acam 1 "[1:2148,800:3300]" Set up standard readout window - this one is useful for both imaging and spectroscopy rspeed acam slow Set readout speed slow (23 sec for 2k * 2k readout) or fast (14 sec for 2k * 2k readout) bin acam 1 1 Set binning in x and y dirctions (in spectroscopy mode, wavelength changes with y, ~ 3.3 A / pixel) scripts/acam/acamw1 Enable window 1, after disabling window 2 scripts/acam/acamw2 Enable window 2, after disabling window 1In the event of data-acquisition problems, try:
dasreset acambut remember to reset the window, speed and binning afterwards.
The following commands are useful before and after override observations:
acaminit fast 1 1 Save the current ACAM instrument configuration, sets up CCD with standard window [1:2148,800:3300] fast (or slow) readout and binning 1 (or 2 or 3) in each of x and y directions acamend Restores previous ACAM setup, removes ACAM mirror and takes 5 biases acamend nobias As above, but takes no biases
3 - Data acquisition
glance acam 20 Take 20-sec exposure, store it as s1.fit (no FITS headers) run acam 20 "title" Take 20-sec exposure, store as rnnnnnnn.fit. If title is omitted, the TCS object name is used in the observing log and the FITS headers. multrun acam 5 300 "title" Take 5 300-sec exposuresNB when using multdither or mcol (below) with autoguiding, consult with the telescope operator about the size of dither step to be used, to ensure that the dither doesn't move the guide star out of the autoguide window.
multdither acam 9 300 5 auto_on "title" Take 9 dithered 300-sec exposures, step size 5 arcsec, with autoguiding (auto_off to observe without autoguiding) multdither acam 9 300 5 auto_on "title" DEBUG Same as above, but without taking dataThe spiral dither pattern used by multdither (and mcol) is shown here.
mcol acam "title" on 5 "SlnZ,10,300,auto_on" "BESI,5,100,auto_on" Take multiple dithered exposures through each of the specified filters. 'on' specifies dithering on, and 5 is the step size in arcsec. Each block delimited by double quotes specifies a filter name, the number of exposures, the duration in sec of each exposure and the autoguider status (auto_on or auto_off). In the above example, a dithered exposure is first taken through the Sloan z filter, then a dithered exposure through Bessell I filter (i.e. not an exposure through each filter at dither point 1, then an exposure through each filter at dither point 2 etc.). mcol acam "title" "SlnZ,2,3,auto_off" "BESI,2,3,auto_off" As above, but with no dithering (both parameters 'on' and '5' omitted) and no autoguiding, and only 2 exposures of 3 sec each bias acam Take bias frame multbias acam 10 Take 10 bias frames newtime acam 600 Change requested exposure time to 600 sec finish acam Finish exposure now, keep data abort acam Finish exposure now, don't keep data. If issued during a multrun, this should terminate the multrun. (See start of page for advice on how to get the prompt back if a multrun is currently in progress.) saveccd acam file Save speed, window and binning settings to a named file setccd acam file Restore above settings from named file unsetccd acam Restore default settings (those applied on system startup) acamcalor opt Script used (usually in connection with override observations) to obtain default calibration data. Takes 3 exposures with the W flat lamp on, and 2 exposures with the CuAr and CuNe lamps on (possible when an optical instrument, or no instrument, is mounted at the Cassegrain focus. acamcalor nir Same as above, but used when a near-IR instrument (usually LIRIS) is mounted at Cassegrain, in which case the CuAr lamp is unavailable.The commands flat, sky and arc (and multflat, multsky and multarc) do exactly the same as run (and multrun) except that the value of the OBSTYPE FITS header is changed accordingly.
4 - Telescope focus correction
acam_focus disable acam_focus enableBy default, the telescope focus correction is enabled.
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