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Release Notes

2014A

An update to the 2014A OT (2014A.1.2.10) was released on March 5, 2014. Changes from the previous version include:

  • Performance improvements, especially with large programs and using multiple science program editors 
  • Fixes a bug with saving OT browser queries

An update to the 2014A OT (2014A.1.2.5) was released on January 27, 2014. Changes from the previous version include:

  • Fix several memory leaks, this improves performance and reliability when working with large program.

The 2014A OT (2014A.1.2.1) was released on December 9, 2013. This is a major update with many significant changes, including:

  • The use of passwords to access programs has been simplified by the use of authentication keys. These are requested once per OT and then they are saved until reset or the OT is upgraded. Old program passwords are still valid. There is a new type of user key based on email addresses that gives access to all programs that include a given address.
  • Fetch/Store has been replaced with a more robust sync mechanism. The old fetch/store and open program dialogs have been merged. Any conflicts resulting from simultaneous edits of program nodes can be resolved manually, recent work should not longer disappear if there is an edit conflict.
  • Program navigation has been changed and improved. Prev and Next buttons move to the previous and next programs in the list of programs loaded into the current Science Program editor. The Back and Forward buttons follow the navigation history of the visible program. 
  • The Observation Status (Phase 2, For Review, etc) has been split into a Phase 2 Status (Phase 2 to Prepared, and Inactive) and Exec Status (Ready to Observed).
  • The GN and GS report servers have been split. Therefore, the links to the queue, director's time, and poor-weather summary pages have been split.
  • Inactive observations are no longer included in the calculations of the planned time.
  • The GMOS-S guide star limiting magnitudes have been updated to reflect the measured performance. The limits are about 1 magnitude brighter than previously.
  • The prediction of the Strehl value for Canopus guide star configurations have been updated based on measured performance.
  • Canopus Strehl results now include the expectded FWHM based on measured performance for the conditions selected.
  • The default Canopus beamsplitter is now 0.85 um.
  • Template observations have been updated for GMOS-N/S, FLAMINGOS-2, GSAOI, and GNIRS.

2013B

An update to the 2013B OT (2013B.1.2.2) was released on September 13, 2013. Changes from the previous version include:

  • The FLAMINGOS-2 longslit acquisition overhead has been reduced to 20 minutes.
  • Internal changes so that the queue band can be put in the image headers.

The 2013B OT (2013B.1.1.1) was released on June 5, 2013. Changes from the previous version include:

  • Add support for visitor instruments
  • Update OT splash screen for 2013B
  • Change phase-2 check warning for unapproved targets to an error
  • Add Flamingos 2 to the SmartGCAL system
  • Implement Template libraries and mapping for Flamingos 2
  • Add new Flamingos 2 Lyot wheel positions
  • Change "Notify PI" checkbox to default to TRUE
  • Update GNIRS Templates
  • Add Hamamatsu CCD option to GMOS-S
  • Fix OT bug to save dirty programs in OSX when clicking CMD+Q
  • Handle JDK 1.6 update 045 which breaks RMI
  • Update TEXES component
  • Add GPI "Extended Source" Parameter
  • Add GPI Static "Observing Modes" Parameter
  • Add "Lyot" Parameter to GPI Engineering component
  • Add GPI warning if target magnitude is I < 0
  • Add GPI maximum integration time check
  • Add GPI warning if Filter, Apodizer, FPM or Lyot are overridden
  • Add GPI check for half wave plate angle iterator + Wollaston

2013A

An update to the 2013A OT (2013A.2.1.1) was released on March 6, 2013. Changes from the previous version include:

  • The ability to open PDF and finding chart attachments directly from the OT.
  • Canopus CWFS patrol field updates.
  • GSAOI overhead updates.
  • Added the Lya395_G0342 filter to GMOS-S.
  • Fixed a bug in the non-sidereal calendar GUI that especially affected Australian timezones.
  • Explicitly set the XML character encoding in order to preserve Unicode characters.

The 2013A OT (2013A.1.1.1) was released on December 6, 2012. Changes from the previous version include:

  • On hold ToO observations change to phase 2 when copied to another ToO program
  • Add semester menu and program type check-boxes to OT Fetch dialog for NGOs and staff
  • Fix NIRI J continuum 1.22um filter in OT skeletons
  • Prevent erasure of file attachments by store of other users
  • Separate SmartGCAL tables for test and release versions
  • Fix the OT 'Help' launcher in Ubuntu Linux
  • Update blueprint mapping/libraries for 2013A
  • Prevent deletion of template groups which have targets
  • Fix highlighting the active program in the Fetch/Store program list
  • Display the effective NIFS OIWFS field of view corrected for offsets
  • Add PA +/- 180 deg option to the F2 component
  • Prevent deletion of all OT Observing Logs
  • Apply GPI intensity parameter to IR/Visible and WhiteLight and update name
  • Allow multiple GPI artificial calibrations sources on at the same time
  • Update the 2013A OT splash screen
  • Fix internal ODB program ID parser bugs when loading from XML

2012B

An update to the 2012B OT (2012B.3.1.1) was released on August 31, 2012. Changes from the previous version include:

  • User catalogs may now be used for GeMS/GSAOI guide star asterism selections
  • Limiting magnitudes for manual guide star searches are adjusted for the conditions constraints just as for the automatic guide star selections
  • Template observations for GeMS/GSAOI can be created from 2013A proposal files.
  • The GNIRS H filter can be used for red camera acquisitions
  • Improved Phase 2 checks
  • Horizons non-sidereal name lookups are done every time that the coordinates are updated in order to ensure that the latest orbital elements are used
  • Added Gemini North and South DSS image server
  • Gemini staff may set an override on Phase 2 check warnings
  • Fixed a bug that prevented groups from being deleted
  • Fixed a bug that prevented automatically generated GCAL settings from displaying if the computer language was not English
  • Fixed bugs in the template observations logic and libraries. Current templates or observations are not changed but regenerated templates will be correct.

The 2012B OT was released on June 18, 2012. Changes from the previous version include:

  • Inclusion of new observation templates
    • Templates are filled in with the instrument resources selected in the Phase I proposal
    • Targets and conditions associated with a group of templates are viewed by clicking on the template group name
    • Acquisition and baseline calibration observation examples are included
    • Templates are 'Applied' to targets and conditions to create draft observations for execution
    • Template "groups" can be split so that different templates can be applied to different targets
    • Changes to templates can be "Reapplied" to existing observations as a way to easily make changes to many observations at once
    • Templates can be regenerated from the template server to get the latest templates or start from scratch
  • Automatic guide star selection for all instruments and wavefront sensors
    • "Auto GS" buttons will select a guide star for the default wavefront sensor
    • It is possible to select an alternative wavefront sensor using menus in the target component or Position Editor
    • Magnitude limits for the selection depend on the conditions constraints
  • Simplified guiding state options in offset iterators. Control of individual wavefront sensors is still available via the Advanced Guiding Options tab.
  • Support for the new LGS+PWFS1 mode in the Altair component
  • Custom ROI support for GMOS-N and GMOS-S
  • Added GNIRS YJK imaging filters to the GNIRS sequence iterator
  • Target brightness information stored as value:bandpass:system where sytem is Vega mag, AB mag, or Jy
  • Reduced memory usage and more rapid program launch
  • Updated Phase 2 checks
  • Relabel conditions bins to match the 2012B PIT
  • Fixed GNIRS OT visualization with Altair
  • Updated GNIRS acquisition times

2012A

A second update to the 2012A OT (2012A.1.2.1) was released on February 15, 2012. Changes from the previous version include:

  • Fix Smart Calibration updates
  • Combine internal/external Fetch/Store options
  • Update the Canopus bottom-port orientation
  • Update the F2 OIWFS patrol field
  • Change GSAOI base position from detector 3 to detector 4
  • Update the CWFS patrol field limits
  • Add Fetch & Store password persistence
  • Fix F2 OIWFS arm orientation when zooming
  • Set the GeMS ADC default to 'Off'
  • Fix storing of Browser queries
  • Add the option to download 2MASS images in any band
  • Display the image source and band in the Position Editor
  • Show airmass and hour-angle constraints on the elevation plot
  • Add a phase-2 check for GMOS-N 3-amp mode
  • Scale Mascot Strehl results

An update to the 2012A OT (2012A.1.1.2) was release on December 15, 2011. Changes from the previous version are:

  • Flats now taken before arcs in the Nighttime/Daytime Baseline GCAL observe components to help minimize persistence in the GNIRS detector
  • Windows OT now correctly updates the automatic GCAL calibration tables (bug fix)
  • The settings for observed steps display correctly (fixed a bug that affected some sequences)
  • Datasets with the same configuration are combined into a single obslog entry (bug fix)
  • T-ReCS planned times are correct when an engineering component is included (bug fix)

The 2012A OT was released on December 1, 2011. A presentation describing the major changes in the 2012A OT is available, and the most significant changes are listed here:

  • Automatic GCAL settings for GMOS, GNIRS, NIFS, and NIRI
  • Add GMOS custom mask slit width menu in the GMOS component
  • Automated Guide Star selection support for GMOS sidereal targets
  • Add MASCOT guide star algorithm for GeMS
  • Automatic read mode setting for GCal observations (GNIRS, NIFS and NIRI)
  • Add option to rotate GMOS by +/- 180 degrees for guide star selection
  • Revise observation time-line view and calculations
  • Add mouse-over information to time-line elements
  • Added GPI component (beta)
  • Add phase-2 check for the maximum GMOS exposure time due to cosmic rays
  • Add phase-2 check for the maximum GMOS imaging exposure times due to the background
  • Add phase-2 check for GMOS slow-read and high-gain
  • Prevent GNIRS empty central wavelengths
  • Change image cache lookup mechanism to accommodate 2MASS
  • Fix a bug affecting the GMOS gain in multiple sequences
  • Fix email notifications for SV programs
  • Add the required observing constraint parameters to FITS headers
  • Fix the non-sidereal "Now" item at month boundaries
  • Increase the size of the non-sidereal calendar
  • Update GNIRS detector information
  • Fix the icon for targets of executed observations
  • Remove older and less-unreliable guide star catalogs
  • Remove Digitized Sky at CADC image server
  • Remove GMOS-N phase-2 check warning for 6 amp mode
  • Remove GMOS Nod & Shuffle overheads from flats and arcs

2011B

A mid-semester optional update of the 2011B OT was released on October 5, 2011 with the following changes:

  • Increase the ODB auxiliary file size limits to 250MB/file and 2GB total
  • Incorporate the PPXML Guide Star Catalog
  • Add GSAOI ROI Support
  • Add a phase-2 check for the NIRI beam splitter
  • Add a phase-2 check for NIRI f/6 + Altair
  • Add GeMS guide star configuration checks
  • Display the Canopis WFS probes in the Position Editor
  • Update the GSAOI base position
  • Update the GSAOI overheads
  • Fix a bug in the Flamingos-2 Position Editor display
  • Fix a bug which prevented dragging guide stars with TReCS and Michelle

The 2011B OT was released on June 2, 2011, and the most significant changes were:

  • Introduce CC80 and obsolete CC90
  • Update GSAOI overheads based on commissioning data
  • Fix calculation of GMOS OIWFS patrol field for IFU
  • Label GMOS CCDs in Position Editor
  • Modify phase 2 checks to allow GN LGS + PWFS1
  • Update Libraries button mouse over text
  • Add Flamingos 2 filters F1056/F1063
  • Use true GMOS-S pixel scale
  • Change NICI filter names
  • Fix side-port config of GSAOI detector and Canopus probe arm

2011A

The 2011A OT was released on December 2, 2010, and the most significant changes were:

  • Check that the band-3 minimum time is not zero
  • Add support for new NICI components
  • Add phase 2 check when the GMOS OIWFS guide star is not reachable
  • Improve the visualization of GMOS OIWFS offsets
    - FoV reachable by all offset positions marked in green
    - Unreachable offsets marked in red
  • Fix NIFS minimum exposure time error
  • Update GNIRS image readout overheads
  • Fix several OT orbital element bugs
  • Fix observing wavelength in nested iterators
  • Remove Hipparcos coordinate system
  • Add support for GNIRS ND filter
  • Fix GMOS N&S binning bug
  • Include GNIRS Read Mode in iterator
  • Make GNIRS Camera an engineering component
  • Fix non-sidereal target 'Now' button
  • Fix GNIRS FOV visualization for all XD combinations
  • Make GMOS-N amp count an engineering-only property
  • GSAOI updates
    - Configurable GSAOI orientation
    - Component updates
    - Update default values for ADC, dichroic and astrometric mode
    - ODGW guide options

2010B

The 2010B OT was released on June 9, 2010, and the most significant changes were:

  • Modified instrument components and iterators
    • GMOS-N instrument component has the option to select either E2V (current) or Hamamatsu (planned upgrade) detectors
    • GMOS gain/read mode selection has been combined in the static components
    • Updates to the GMOS translation stage and ROI tabs
    • Add new Y and Z filters to the GMOS-N filter list
  • User interaction and interface features
    • Magnitudes for targets are now entered as value:bandpass pairs instead of in a simple text box. Magnitudes for guide stars are parsed from guide star queries where possible.
    • Added UCAC3 guide star catalog query
    • Updates to the OT library function
  • Bug fixes
    • Browser queries saved correctly
    • Improve the calculation of GMOS nod & shuffle detector offset based on the CCD Y binning

2010A

The 2010A OT was released on December 4, 2009 and the most significant changes were:

  • Modified instrument components and iterators
    • Michelle componet - correct behavior of the static component and Position Editor visualization for medN and echelle modes
    • GMOS component - added a Phase 2 check to ensure that imaging observations are binned 1x1, 2x2, or 4x4; pre-imaging should be 1x1 or 2x2
    • Updated telescope offsetting overheads for all instruments
    • Updated overhead calculations for NIFS, Phoenix, and NICI
    • Flamingos-2 component updated to support ongoing commissioning
    • GSAOI and Canopus guide probe visualization added to the Position Editor in preparation for commissioning
  • User interaction and interface features
    • It is now possible to deactivate all guide stars for a given probe from both the target component and the Position Editor.
    • Guide probe states for different offset positions are remembered when all stars for a probe are deactivated and are returned to the previous states when re-activated. Note that the states are lost if all the guide stars are deleted from the target component.
  • Bug fixes
    • Fix setting of Michelle observing wavelengths in offset iterators
    • Remove restriction on the number of entries displayed in the timing window table

2009B

On 24 August 2009 and updated version of the 2009B OT (2.1.1) was released. The database is not compatible with version 1.1.3 so the update is required. Also, this version must be installed from distribution files. Changes from the previous version are:

  • Changes and new features
    • Added new controls for Michelle engineering
    • Updated Flamingos-2 observing wavelengths
  • Bugs fixed
    • Michelle central spectroscopic wavelengths will not unexpectedly revert to the default values.
    • If all OIWFS guide stars are removed from the target component of a GMOS nod & shuffle observation then the OIWFS state is set to "park" in both nod positions in the nod&shuffle tab. These will remain at "park" even after a new guide star is added, you must go to the tab to set them to "guide" or "freeze". This is necessary now to avoid a problem in which the program will not export and may get lost from the database. This behavior will be improved in future releases. Note that the export bug can appear during the update process. If it occurs there is a way to recover as long as you don't delete anything in the directory ~/.jsky/spdb. If you have a problem with a program then please submit a HelpDesk ticket and we will assist you.

On 17 August 2009 and updated version of the 2009B OT (1.1.3) was released. The database is compatible with version 1.1.2 so the update is optional, but recommended. Changes from the previous version are:

  • Changes and new features
    • Observations using "obsolete" instrument componets (e.g. filters, gratings, etc that are no longer used) can now be searched for in the OT browser. By default these components are included in the component lists and they are indicated with an '*'. If the user does not want these components to be visible, then the option can be deselected using the Preferences option in the browser's File menu
    • Overheads for NIRI filter changes have been updated
    • Standard TOO triggers will no longer be given a timing window by default (it had been one week). If a timing window is desired then it can be added explicitly to the triggering observation.
    • For targets not defined in the Phase I information, the observing conditions selected in the conditions component will be compared with the default conditions in the Phase I information.
  • Bugs fixed
    • Null pointer exception when working with observations without a sequence component.
    • The contents of an original note changes whenever one copy is edited. The copied notes are now independent again.

The first 2009B version of the Observing Tool was publicly released on 12 June 2009. The most significant changes from the previous public release (2009B) are summarized below:

  • Modified instrument components and iterators
    • GMOS components
      • The damaged B600_5303 grating in GMOS-N has been replaced with B600_5307
      • Narrow band filters [SII], [OIII], [OIII]c, HeII and HeIIc have been added to the GMOS-N filter list
      • Narrow band filters HeII and HeIIc have been added to the GMOS-S filter list
    • NICI component - NDR selection removed and ISS port option added
    • Flamingos 2 component updated to support commissioning in 09B
    • GSAOI - basic component added in anticipation of commissioning
  • User interaction and user interface features
    • New target component features:
      • Available guide star types are context sensitive
      • Guide stars that are to be used and viewed in the Position Editor are selected in the target component rather than in the offset iterators
      • Guide star types for GSAOI and Canopus have been added
    • The offset iterator was modified to reflect the changes in the target component