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OT Details for Flamingos-2

The FLAMINGOS-2 team strongly recommends that PIs read this section and also that they start from the automatically-generated OT templates for FLAMINGOS-2 OT library when preparing F2 observations. The library contains detailed instructions for customising the template observations: changing targets, standard stars, slit widths, etc. This web page is intended to explain the various OT components in depth:

2015A Observing Tool released

The 2015A Gemini Observing Tool is now available for download. This update is required to access the Gemini Observing Databases. Installation instructions are linked off of the Observing Tool web page, and we recommend that everyone download their programs from scratch from the ODBs rather than import from saved XMLs.


FLAMINGOS-2 is a Near-Infrared wide field imager and multi-object spectrometer for use on Gemini-South. It was constructed by the University of Florida Astronomy Department. FLAMINGOS-2 was first delivered to Gemini in July 2009, was refurbished by the Gemini engineering team, and returned to commissioning in December 2011. In February 2012, the instrument's large collimator was found cracked. This lens and its holder have been replaced.

Instructions for Visitors

Gemini South

gemini_python X1 release

gemini_python, version X1.0.1: November 14, 2014
Expires on: TBD


gemini_python is a new Python-based data reduction platform under development at Gemini. It was developed to support the Quality Assessment Pipeline.

Gemini Images Comet Hours Before Probe’s Landing

First Surface Observations of Oort Cloud Objects

Quenching Star Formation in Cluster Galaxies

Gemini Data Processing Software


Official Data Processing Software

The data reduction software approved for scientific purposes is the Gemini IRAF package.

GIFS Bidders Conference Information

On the 31st October Gemini Observatory will host an interactive remote Bidders Conference for participates to learn more about the GIFS RfP.

Participants can attend by phone or by polycom. Gemini will host two equivalent sessions to allow for participation across many different time zones.

Session 1: 11:00 – 13:30 CLST
Session 2: 19:00 – 21:30 CLST

If you plan on attending one of the sessions, please email and inform us which session you plan on attending and how. (i.e. my phone or polycom)