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OT Release Notes: 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