Science Operations Announcements

Observing databases offline March 5

March 3rd, 2013

The Gemini observing databases will be offline for several hours on Tuesday March 5 while we perform quarterly software updates at both the South and North facilities. During this time the Observing Tool fetch/store and file transfers will be unavailable and web report forms will be offline. An updated version of the Observing Tool will be available on Wednesday March 6. Please check this site for further announcements.

Latest GeMS/GSAOI commissioning and SV run completed

February 4th, 2013
The latest commissioning and system verification (SV) run for the Gemini Multi-Conjugate Adaptive Optics System (GeMS) with the Gemini South Adaptive Optics Imager (GSAOI) ended on Saturday, February 2.  During this run, the team completed six SV programs and made good progress on another three.  In optimal seeing, the first diffraction ring has been visible on point sources, and even in poor seeing, the AO correction is excellent. The next GeMS/GSAOI run is scheduled to start in late February.

GS observing database connection problems

January 2nd, 2013

The connection to the Gemini South observing database is currently intermitent and slow. This is due to problems with network hardware stemming from a power outage on December 31. This may affect fetch/store operations with the Observing Tool. If you experience problems, then please try again later.

Staff from Cerro Tololo and Gemini are working to restore normal network connectivity.