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Design of the observation queue scheduler for WEAVE on the WHT
Author(s): Cecilia Fariña; Lilian Domínguez-Palmero; Chris Benn; Steve Guest; Huw Morris; Sergio Picó; Don Carlos Abrams; J. Alfonso L. Aguerri; Piercarlo Bonifacio; Esperanza Carrasco; Gavin Dalton; Kevin Middleton; Scott Trager; Antonella Vallenari
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Paper Abstract

The Observation Queue Scheduler (OQS) for WEAVE is described in this paper, with particular emphasis on the scheduling algorithm. WEAVE is the new 2-deg field of view multi-object (1000 multiplex) spectroscopy facility (R5000 and R20000) at the 4.2-m William Herschel Telescope. The OQS helps to maximize the scientific impact of WEAVE observations by optimising the schedule of the observing blocks, taking into account the science priority, required instrument configuration and observing constraints. On a nightly basis the OQS will assist the observer in creating a flexible queue of suitable observing blocks to be executed. It will be also possible to run a version of the OQS for extended periods of time to provide guidance on the longer-term planning of WEAVE surveys.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 July 2018
PDF: 20 pages
Proc. SPIE 10704, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VII, 107040W (10 July 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2312538
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Cecilia Fariña, Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes (Spain)
Lilian Domínguez-Palmero, Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes (Spain)
Chris Benn, Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes (Spain)
Steve Guest, STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Huw Morris, STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Sergio Picó, Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes (Spain)
Don Carlos Abrams, Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes (Spain)
J. Alfonso L. Aguerri, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Spain)
Piercarlo Bonifacio, GEPI, Observatoire de Paris, Univ. PSL, CNRS (France)
Esperanza Carrasco, INAOE (Mexico)
Gavin Dalton, Univ. of Oxford (United Kingdom)
STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Kevin Middleton, STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Scott Trager, Kapteyn Institut (Netherlands)
Antonella Vallenari, Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10704:
Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VII
Alison B. Peck; Robert L. Seaman; Chris R. Benn, Editor(s)

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