Tentative Timetable

  Monday 24th Tuesday 25th Wednesday 26th Thursday 27th Friday 28th

OSIRIS: Introduction, status & MOS

Using the TF: Observing Strategies

GTC Visit
Party leaves at 09:00



09:00 OSIRIS: Introduction & Status TF Basics   Instrument & Science cases IRAF DR
Data Structure (MEF)
09:30 Observing Modes & Scientific Applications Charge shuffling modes   Overview of science capabilities Science Examples
10:00 Observing time estimatiors Choosing modes
  Imaging data:
Chopping & Nodding
Flats, Calibrations
PSF, & PSF variations
Colour corrections
Pupil Rotation
Other Concerns
10:30 MOS modes TF setup, sky lines & order sorters selection
Coffee at ORM
11:00 Coffee-break Coffee-break   Coffee-break Coffee-break
11:30 Preparing MOS proposals; Designing Masks

Setting targets on the field, Ghost removal, extended objects & practical examples

  Spectroscopy data
Lambda calibration
Standards stars
Other concerns
Polarimetry & Polarimetry
Data reduction science
12:30 Differential refraction; Slit errors Relative Flux Calibration Application to each attendant case  

    Polarization Standards (0% & 100%)
Special concerns
13:30 Lunch Lunch   Lunch Lunch
15:00 MOS data reduction tutorial: flatfielding, distortion correction, wavelength calibration, object extraction TF data reduction:
 Image preparation (wavelength calibration, sky ring removal, etc),
TF Pipeline description
  Proposal Preparation
S/N Estimators
Overheads & Observing Conditions
Coronagraphy hints
Special concerns
15:30 Worked example
Worked example   Instrument Set up
Chopping & Nodding
Observing sequences
        Calibrations Data Storing & Fetching data
PSF Concerns
16:30 Coffee-break  Coffee-break   Coffee-break
17:00 GTC status & future prospects Worked example   Using the JCI
Sequence execution
Using the JDD

Hardware & Software required

Laptop running Linux with IRAF 2.12, DS9 and xgterm installed


GEMINI software http://www.gemini.edu/sciops/data/dataSoftware.html


Software to be provided (with a DVD)

Mask designer plus associated packages
TFred (IRAF package)
TF and MOS data for the tutorial
Complementary documentation

Starlink software should also be running, it can be downloaded from