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STANCAM SEQUENCER Command Reference


STANCAM CCD commands (stancam.command in scripts)
(if used with option "-d" extended debugging information is written to the log):

  • teloffset n m
    Offsets an object on the CCD in the X,Y direction by the amount n in the X direction and m in the Y direction. N,m is given in arcseconds .
  • abort [-d]
    Aborts an ongoing exposure (see also expose).
  • addtime [-d] nn
    Adds 'nn' seconds to an ongoing exposure (note that 'nn' can be negative too).
  • ampl [-d] x
    Sets the active amplifier to x. Only 'A' is a valid value as it is the only amplifier that can be used.
  • autosave_off [-d]
    Turns off autosave.
  • autosave_on [-d]
    Turns on autosave.
  • bin [-d] n
    Stes the binning factor in both X and Y directions to n.
  • beep_on [-d]
    Turns on beeps after readout ends. This is the default when the observing system starts.
  • beep_off [-d]
    Turns off beeps after readout ends.
  • xbin [-d] n
    Sets the binning factor in the X direction to n.
  • ybin [-d] n
    Sets the binning factor in the Y direction to n.
  • comment [-d] text
    Sets the value of the FITS keyword COMMENT to "text".
    If the text contains spaces it MUST be quoted with double quotes (like this: "text"). Will be cleared after each image.
  • comment1 [-d] text
    Sets the value of the FITS keyword COMMENT to "text".
    If the text contains spaces it MUST be quoted with double quotes (like this: "text"). Will not be cleared after each image.
  • dark [-d][-t][-f] tt
    Makes an dark exposure of tt seconds. To abort the exposure press "Control-C".
    If the '-f' option is used, the command will finish (i.e. the prompt return) when the exposure is finished and the readout begins.
    If the '-t' option is used, a simulated exposure is made. This is usefull for script testing.
  • expose [-d][-t] [-f] tt
    Makes an exposure of tt seconds. To abort the exposure press "Control-C".
    If the '-f' option is used, the command will finish (i.e. the prompt return) when the exposure is finished and the readout begins.
    If the exposure time is larger than 300 seconds, the time left until the rotator reaches its limit will be checked. If there is not time enough to complete the exposure, an error will be generated and the exposure will not start.
    If the '-t' option is used, a simulated exposure is made. This is usefull for script testing.
  • stancam.exit [-d]
    Exits the STANCAM BIAS program. Do not type "exit" as this will close the xterm.
  • filename [-d] nn
    Sets the default filename to nn. Has to be 4 characters.
  • filenamestd [-d]
    Sets the filename back to the default filename.
  • filter [-d] n
    Selects the CCD (StanCam) filter slot "n". Note that this command is identical to 'tcs.ccd-filter'.
  • ccd-filter [-d] n
    Selects the CCD (StanCam) filter slot "n". Note that this command is identical to 'tcs.ccd-filter'.
  • focusexpose [-d] nnnnn mm tt]
    Makes a focus exposure. 'nnnnn' is the focus start value, 'mm' is the focus step size between sub-exposures and 'tt' is the exposure time for each of the sub-exposures. 5 sub-exposures will be made.
  • gainhi [-d]
    Sets the gain mode to high gain.
  • gainho [-d]
    Sets the gain mode to low gain.
  • impath [-d] text
    Sets the path of the image saving to nn.
  • imtype [-d] text
    Sets the value of the FITS keyword IMAGETYP to "text".
  • mdark [-d] [-t] [-f] tt nn
    Makes nn dark exposure of tt seconds. To abort the exposures press "Control-C". The image type (IMTYPE keyword) will be set to "DARK" if the exposure time is non-zero and "BIAS" if it is zero.
    If the '-f' option is used, the command will finish (i.e. the prompt return) when the exposure is finished and the readout begins.
    If used with the "-t" option, the exposure will only be simulated. This is usefull for testing scripts.
  • mexpose [-d] [-t] [-f] tt nn [imtype]
    Makes nn exposures of tt seconds. To abort the exposures press "Control-C". The 'imtype' option (IMTYPE keyword) is optional and must be a text string without spaces. The IMTYPE is kept over the multiple exposures and is only cleared after the last.
    If the '-f' option is used, the command will finish (i.e. the prompt return) when the exposure is finished and the readout begins.
    If used with the "-t" option, the exposure will only be simulated. This is usefull for testing scripts.
  • object [-d] text
    Sets the value of the FITS keyword OBJECT to "text".
  • clearobject [-d]
    Clears the value of the FITS keyword OBJECT.
  • observer [-d] text
    Sets the value of the FITS keyword OBSERVER to "text".
  • rempath [-d] nn
    Sets the remote saving path to nn.
  • remsystem [-d] nn
    Sets the remote host computer to nn.
  • remsave_off [-d]
    Turns off remote saving.
  • remsave_on [-d]
    Turns on remote saving.
  • readout [-d]
    Closes the shutter and reads out the ccd. You have to put the exposure in the background first.
  • resetxy [-d]
    Resets the ccd binning to 1, the X and Y sixe to maximum and the X and Y beginning to 1.
  • save [-d]
    Saves an read-out image to disk.
  • xbeg [-d] nn
    Sets the X beginning to nn.
  • ybeg [-d] nn
    Sets the Y beginning to nn.
  • xbin [-d] n
    Sets the binning factor in the X direction to n.
  • ybin [-d] n
    Sets the binning factor in the Y direction to n.
  • xsize [-d] nn
    Sets the X size to nn.
  • ysize [-d] nn
    Sets the Y size to nn.
  • sethi [-d] nn
    Sets highcut to nn.
  • setlow [-d] nn
    Sets lowcut to nn.

Staff-only commands
  • movie-expose [-d][-t] tt
    Makes an exposure of tt seconds. To abort the exposure press "Control-C". If the '-t' option is used, a simulated exposure is made. This is usefull for script testing.

    This command will not output any messages to the talker unless started with the -d option. Used in scripts for movie mode. This command is not aliased, so it can only be used by the full name stancam.movie-expose.



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