Almost done- update on the observing campaign and data reduction for VVV & VVVX

by Maren Hempel

There are only two more observing periods scheduled to complete the VVVX survey until 2021, hence I will use this opportunity to give an update not only on the progress of observing campaign, but also on recent activities on the data reduction. The latter may be more relevant for the original VVV survey, since VVVX data were reduced using the most recent data reduction pipeline right from the start. However, the VVV observations were reduced before 2017, using an earlier version of the CASU pipeline. An updated version of the data products is now available and can be obtained either directly from CASU or from our data hub at PUC. With the exception of ~130 hours, all observations for VVVX have been submitted to ESO and are now queued for observation. Due to weather issues the original observing plan, as accepted by ESO with the Survey Management Plan, had to be altered. Especially for the summer targets this will have implications on the analysis of the variability data. Although the second generation instrument for VISTA- 4MOST, is now scheduled to take up operations in P106, we should also discuss possible follow-ups and extensions for VVV & VVVX.