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Welcome to the SAAO Telescope Operations Wiki (TOPS Wiki)

Conditions on the Plateau

A syndication of weather from telescopes on the plateau

SuperWASP

SALT Weather

Seeing

TimDimm; the current sky image. Also in Movie format!

Using the "thin client" computers in the domes

For those who've been here before, we no longer have an s20, s30, s40 and s74 computers in the domes. Those used to be for reduction of data, but now we're using a terminal computer approach. We call this a thin client and they're similar to the "old days" where there was some computer in a basement somewhere and many terminals connected to them.

There should be a username and password on the top of every screen in each of the domes, but the general approach will be ccd<telescope>, and then the standard SAAO password. e.g. ccd40, and <standard password>.

Telescopes

74" / 1.9m

40" / 1.0m

Lesedi

0.75m

0.5m

IRSF

Maintenance Log

Instrumentation

Data Transfer

GIRAFFE

Lesedi Spectrograph (name TBD)

Lesedi HR Spectrograph (name TBD)

SAAO CCDs

SHOC

SPUPNIC

STE3

WINCAM

Instrument Change Notes

74 Inch

40 Inch

1 m

Telescope Emergency Communication System (TECS)

Getting started

Consult the User's Guide for information on using the wiki software.

Hosted Instrument and Telescopes

We host a number of telescopes and instruments on-site. Here is a list (updated 28/Jan/2015) as well as relevant information about the main contact people, emails, Skype (if available) and anything else we know about them.

Seismograph

Seismo's home page
List: seismo@list.saao.ac.za

Technical contact:

Carl Ebeling
cebeling@ucsd.edu
1-858-822-4713
No Skype

Administrative contact:

Peter Davis
pdavis@ucsd.edu
1-858-534-2839
No Skype

German Research Centre for GeoSciences (GFZ)

GFZ home page

Technical contact:

Hartmut Pflug
hartmut.pflug@gfz-potsdam.de
+49 331 288 1137
no Skype

Administrative contact (accounting officer):

Christoph Förste
christoph.foerste@gfz-potsdam.de
+49 331 288 1737
No Skype