Observing rota manager : Joe Anderson
Full details on the logistics of ePESSTO+ observing can be found on the Observing Runs page.
Important pages for observers
General observing information
The PESSTO Handbook PESSTO-Handbook-V1.39.pdf (9 December 2021). Essential reading for all observers and data reducers (download available at bottom of page).
visibility : useful tool for plotting visibility of targets. Easy and flexible, works by either querying the marshall database, or you can give it coordinates explicitly or OBs. Written and provided by L. Le Guillou.
pessto-obs-plan : a python script written by Evan Ridley (Aug 2021) that automatically queries the marshall and returns airmass plots labelled with priority and latest magnitudes for all targets
Weather forecast and meteo information for la Silla:
General ESO meto info (satellite images, etc) : http://www.ls.eso.org/lasilla/dimm/meteo.html
La Silla Meto monitor information (conditions on La Silla) : http://www.ls.eso.org/lasilla/dimm/meteomonitor.html
La Silla All sky monitor http://www.ls.eso.org/lasilla/dimm/lasc/
Gelato - click here for access : you need to register and get a username and password, which is automatic. From Gelato help pages : Your spectrum file should be in FITS or ASCII format. FITS files must have.fits/.fts/.fit extension and comply with FITS header standard for 1D spectral data. ASCII files must have .txt/.datextension and contain two columns with wavelength-flux value pairs. Wavelength values must be equidistant.
Gelato requires a redshift to be input. For a discussion of the differences between Gelato, SNID and Superfit see Tomasella L. et al, ArXiv 1403.7233
This wiki area should be used as the main source of communication for this operations group. The group's email address is alerts_@_pessto.org and the group's google drive area can be found here:
and can be used as sandbox area to hash out ideas, project plans and draft documents.