Science Operations Announcements
A new version of the Gemini IRAF package (v1.13.1) has been released. This version is recommended to anyone processing GMOS-S data but is required to reduce GMOS-S Hamamatsu CCD data obtained after the August 2015 work on the instrument. Updated configuration files and examples are included. Please see the Processing Software page for more information.
The 2016A Gemini Observing Tool is now available for download. This update is required to access the Gemini Observing Databases.
The Gemini observing databases will be offline for several hours on Wednesday December 2 while we perform quarterly software updates.
During this time the following services will be unavailable:
- Observing Tool synchronizations, file transfers, and non-sidereal target queries
- CADC program key validation
- Phase I Tool guide star probability queries
The GeMS / GSAOI laser run that was planned to take place this week had to be canceled. Unfortunately the laser and the Canopus Real Time Control system were not operational and in spite of intense efforts to resolve these problems in time for the laser window there was just not sufficient time to get the system in an operational state. We will continue to work towards ensuring that the upcoming January GeMS / GSAOI run will be a success.
The Gemini-S telescope is now back into operation following the planned maintenance shutdown.
Main events during this year’s shutdown was the re-coating of the primary mirror, and the investigation into the problems with the GMOS-S CCDs, in particular the intermittent charge spreading that has plagued CCD1. Both these main events, and many other activities were executed successfully and within the planned time.
The Gemini-S telescope will not be operational from 13 until 30 October for the annual maintenance shutdown. One of the main events during this year's shutdown is the re-coating of the primary mirror.
The Gemini-S telescope survived an 8.4 magnitude earthquake the previous week. Following an intense week of detailed inspections and testing of the infrastructure, the telescope, and the instruments were released for normal use. During the inspection some components were found broken or displaced, but all could be repaired and adjusted and no major damage was sustained.
On-sky tests over the weekend showed that all is well and science observations have resumed.
We are all much looking forward to delivering top-quality science data to our user community again.