We currently anticipate completing integration and testing of our data reduction software with AstroConda in November this year. In the meantime, our recommended platform is still Ureka 1.5.1 or 1.5.2. Since Ureka has undergone very minimal testing on the new MacOS 10.12 and will not be developed further, we encourage Apple users to wait for our upcoming AstroConda version before using 10.12 for running Gemini IRAF.
Science Operations Announcements
We are happy to announce that the Gemini North shutdown to repair the failed dome drive finished earlier than planned and we started the on-sky checks on August 29. General post-shutdown system checks have been completed. Instrument checkouts are also required because of maintenance work done in parallel with the repair. These are being executed as tropical storms and hurricanes permit. Currently only GNIRS is ready for science use.
The Gemini North enclosure bottom shutter experienced a drive shaft bearing failure in one of the two driveboxes during the night of July 27, similar to what happened to the Gemini North enclosure top shutter in 2014. The next day, the day crew locked out the bottom shutter at a position that has limited the telescope lower elevation to 38 degrees above horizon, while we continue to observe at night.
The Gemini observing databases will be offline for several hours on Tuesday July 26 while we perform software updates.
The latest version of the 2016B Observing Tool (2016B.2.1.1) will be required to access the observing databases after the update. Please synchronize any outgoing changes before the update, as the old OT will not be able to communicate with the new databases.
In preparation for the start of 2016B, all Director's Discretionary (DD) time and Poor Weather (PW) proposals must use the 2016B Phase I Tool (PIT). See the PIT Version Table for more information and download links.