Science Operations Announcements
Due to ongoing problems with its cold heads, GNIRS is about to be removed from the telescope and warmed up for closer inspection. We should know by Friday October 10th whether this intervention has been successful. The instrument will not be available for observations during this period, and NIRI will be installed on the GNIRS telescope port instead (see the 2014B telescope schedule: http://www.gemini.edu/sciops/metrics/gn2014Boverview.html).
The Gemini North observing database will be offline on September 24 from 9:45 am - 12:00 pm HST while we perform network maintenance. During this time the following services will be unavailable:
- Phase I Tool guide star probability queries
- CADC program key validation (Gemini North programs only)
- Observing Tool synchronizations, file transfers, and non-sidereal target queries (Gemini North programs only)
Please check this site for further announcements.
UPDATE Sep 17 @ 4:00pm - the Gemini North Observing Database is back online. Please file a Help Desk ticket if you encounter any problems.
UPDATE Sep 17 @ 8:30am - the new hardware has been installed and we are working with the vendor to resolve network issues. We are hopeful that the GN ODB will be back online later today.
UPDATE Sep 16 @ 8:15am - work is ongoing, and we are still offline. Will post an update when we have more details.
The latest version of the Gemini MOS Mask Preparation Software (GMMPS 0.4.1) is now available. Please see the GMMPS web page for more information and download links.
The Gemini North Observing Database will be offline for ~2 hours for emergency hardware maintenance starting at 9:30 am HST. During this time Observing Tool synchronizations and file transfers will be unavailable. Please check this site for further announcements.
The Gemini South Observing Database will be offline for several hours on August 6 for hardware maintenance. During this time Observing Tool synchronizations and file transfers will be unavailable and web report forms will be offline.
Director's Discretionary (DD) time and Poor Weather (PW) proposals must use the latest 2014B PIT, released today. See the PIT Version Table for more information and download links.
The 2014B Gemini Observing Tool is now available for download. This update is required to access the database. 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.