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The first thing to do, on approaching the Instrumentation Computer, is to
log into it and start up ADAM. This is also described step by step in
Section 4.4 (pink pages).
- Check that the system is clear of all other users. Ask, if in
- Sign on (log in) using the SI command. You should have been
allocated a user number (n) in the range 1 to 8; write it down on the board.
Use up to four initials to identify yourself.
If you encounter any difficulties, there may be somebody still logged in
at the terminal, so try the command
and retry the SI command.
- Now, to run ADAM, type
- ADAM should now start up and present you with a two level menu. The first
choice is the focus at which you are observing (CASS), and the
second is the instrument/detector combination IDS/CCD.
- The system now loads the relevant software for your selection and performs
some initialisation. You need to answer some questions about the gratings etc.
which are fitted to the spectrograph. The computer has no knowledge of these
options, but only a memory of what it was last told. If, e.g. a collimator has
been changed, you must say so; the support astronomer
will have physical access to the spectrograph to change gratings and
collimator. Eventually the VDU gives an ADAM prompt
You can now use any of the ADAM commands described in the next chapter.