Target acquisition

A `target acquisition' web application is being developed. In the web form target coordinates and target acquisition information (primarily the required position angle) can be provided together with a finding chart. When the form is submitted a sequencer script is generated that will point the telescope, acquire the guide star and displays the finding chart before the prompt is given back so observations such as acquiring a target on a slit or simple imaging observations can be started immediately after the script. In principle this facility will be integrated in the new observing block generator and should be available for all instruments. As a first step a version for ALFOSC was made. Similar scripts for other instruments are planned.

Thomas Augusteijn 2010-05-27