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Observation scheduling tools for Subaru Telescope
Author(s): Toshiyuki Sasaki; George Kosugi; Robert Hawkins; Jun A. Kawai; Toyoaki Kusumoto
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Paper Abstract

Optimization of observation sequences is a function necessary to get high efficiency and reliability of observations. We have implemented scheduling software in the Subaru Telescope observatory software system. The scheduling engine, Spike, developed at STScI is used with some modification for Subaru Telescope. Since the last report at SPIE (Munich, 2000), new functions to Spike are implemented on 1) optimized arrangement of an observation dataset, which consists of a target object and related calibrations, and 2) flexible scheduling of standard stars selected out of a standard star list, which is fed to Spike as a part of observation datasets. Observation datasets with some necessary information, prepared by an observer, are input to the scheduling tools to be converted to Spike Lisp input forms. A schedule created by Spike is inversely converted to Subaru observation commands to be executed with the observation control system. These applications are operable with Web-based display. We present an overall structure of the scheduling tools with some samples of Subaru observation commands of target datasets and a resultant schedule.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 September 2004
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 5493, Optimizing Scientific Return for Astronomy through Information Technologies, (16 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.550756
Show Author Affiliations
Toshiyuki Sasaki, Subaru Telescope/National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (United States)
George Kosugi, Subaru Telescope/National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (United States)
Robert Hawkins, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Jun A. Kawai, Fujitsu America Inc. (United States)
Toyoaki Kusumoto, Fujitsu America Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5493:
Optimizing Scientific Return for Astronomy through Information Technologies
Peter J. Quinn; Alan Bridger, Editor(s)

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