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Queued service observing project at CFHT
Author(s): Pierre Martin; Renaud Savalle; Tom Vermeulen; Joshua N. Shapiro
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Paper Abstract

In order to maximize the scientific productivity of the CFH12K mosaic wide-field imager (and soon MegaCam), the Queued Service Observing (QSO) mode was implemented at the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope at the beginning of 2001. The QSO system consists of an ensemble of software components allowing for the submission of programs, the preparation of queues, and finally the execution and evaluation of observations. The QSO project is part of a broader system known as the New Observing Process (NOP). This system includes data acquisition, data reduction and analysis through a pipeline named Elixir, and a data archiving and distribution component (DADS). In this paper, we review several technical and operational aspects of the QSO project. In particular, we present our strategy, technical architecture, program submission system, and the tools developed for the preparation and execution of the queues. Our successful experience of over 150 nights of QSO operations is also discussed along with the future plans for queue observing with MegaCam and other instruments at CFHT.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 January 2002
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4844, Observatory Operations to Optimize Scientific Return III, (2 January 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.460599
Show Author Affiliations
Pierre Martin, Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Corp. (United States)
Renaud Savalle, Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Corp. (United States)
Tom Vermeulen, Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Corp. (United States)
Joshua N. Shapiro, Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4844:
Observatory Operations to Optimize Scientific Return III
Peter J. Quinn, Editor(s)

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