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Initially we assume that your images will be two dimensional. That is, we assume that you requested only one image plane per observation when you set up the system.
Most observations are started with one of the commands run, arc, flat, dark, bias, flash sky or map. Each of these commands
ICL> run red 100 "NGC 1068"requests a run of length 100 seconds on the Red channel ( i.e. on the red arm of Isis) and gives a title for the observation. The title appears in the observing log and is written to the FITS keyword OBJECT. The system will allocate a run number to the run and will tell you the number. The data are saved in the directory pointed to by the logical name RUN_FILES. Use the command
ICL> dirwhenever you want to check the contents of this directory. A naming convention exists: run 4151 would be written to a file named R4151.SDF. All the runs from a given night's observing appear in the same directory.
To take data simultaneously on the red and blue arms of Isis, just type
ICL> run red <exposure time> "and the exposure will proceed in parallel. This also applies to any other set of channels that can receive light simultaneously.