NMSU 1m OBSERVING REQUEST FORM
Single word program identifier:
Single email contact:
Brief scientific rationale (a paragraph or two is fine!):
Photometric weather/standards required :
Fill in the following two tables.
TARGET TABLE (for more detailed information, see
Start with a name, RA, DEC, and equinox. Note that if your name include blanks, these will be replaced with underscores
The next set of columns determines when observations of this object can be started: you can specify a minimum and/or maximum airmass, UT, HA, and moon information. Note that these refer to the START of an exposure sequence; once an exposure sequence is started, it will be executed to completion, even if this occurs past the specified limits; also note that there can be several minutes (5-15) of overhead before an exposure sequence is started after an object is selected. The default criteria are to start an object if it is at an airmass less than 2, regardless of time of night, hour angle, or moon phase.
Exposure sequences are specified by giving an exposure sequence number, which defines an exposure sequence as specified in the next table (see below); you also specify the number of these sequences per visit. If you have multiple exposure sequences per object (e.g. a sequence of short exposures and a sequence of longer exposures, be sure to list these in adjacent rows and use the same NAME for both entries (or leave NAME, but not RA/DEC, blank in the subsequent rows) ; this will then insure that the target is not reacquired (with subsequent overhead) between the sequences.
Finally, you specify the number of visits per night (-1 to continue indefinitely) and if this is greater than 1, the MINIMUM time (in hours) between exposure sequences. If the minimum time is set to 0, observations will continue indefinitely so long as the observing criteria are met. The time between sequences can be set to be longer than a night to request a cadence longer than one night, e.g. once every day, every other day, etc.
If it is too tedious to enter your targets in this table, you can paste a table into the text area following the table; you need to insure, however, that your table includes the exact number of entries per row as in the HTML table; the entries should be separated by TABs.
Moon phase (max)
Moon dist (min)
Exposure sequence (below)
Number of sequences per visit
Number of visits
Min time between visits
Alternatively, prepare a target table and paste into the following text area:
# NAME RA DEC EQUINOX X(min) X(max) UT(min) UT(max) HA(min) HA(max) Moonphase(max) Moondist(min) Expsequence Nsequences Nvisits DTvisits
EXPOSURE SEQUENCE TABLE:
You can define up to 10 exposure sequences, which can be used with the targets given above. An exposure sequence is defined by the number of exposures per filter and an exposure time (in seconds) per filter; to estimate exposure times, see the
current throughput performance
. The desired number of exposures in a given filter will be taken, then the filter will be changed, etc. To go through all of the filters multiple times, use the number of sequences entry in the target table.
Alternatively, prepare an exposure table and paste into the following text area:
# SEQ n(U) t(U) n(B) t(B) n(V) t(V) n(R) t(R) n(I) t(I) n(u) t(u) n(g) t(g) n(r) t(r) n(i) t(i) n(z) t(z)