User's Guide to the Nickel Direct Imaging Camera

Table of Contents

Hardware Overview
Software Overview
Detector Characteristics
Filter Wheel
CCD User Interface
Observing Hints

Data Archive
Mt. Hamilton Homepage

Software Overview

Observing with the Nickel Direct Imaging Camera is controlled through a suite of programs that operate in concert, but are addressed through several GUI's, separated by function as follows:

Summary of Observing Software for the Nickel Telescope and Direct Imaging Camera
ProgramFunctionIconCommand Line
Data-Taker Control CCD array and set exposure parameters
(starting the data-taker also starts the Motor Controller).
Motor Controller Filter and aperture wheel control
(this program starts when data-taking program is started;
this program also controls motors for Nickel Spectrograph).
POCO Telescope pointing and control
Auxilliary Telescope Hardware Dome shutter, windscreen, and flatfield lamp control.
Guider Acquisition/guide TV and autoguider control.
Coords Read starlists and display starcharts
Check40 Permissions and Weather Status GUI
Eventsounds Sound generator for exposure events
eventsounds nickel

From the observer's perspective, all software runs on This manual focuses on data-taking and instrument control. Telescope and autoguider operation, and other ancillary software are described in the users' guides for the Nickel 1-m Telescope and Lick Autoguider.

Each software component can be started from its icons on the noir toolbar, as shown above, or by typing its command line argument. Observers may not need all the software listed, but in general will require most.

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Last modified: Tue Jul 17 18:15:49 PDT 2012