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Observations on the Yarragadee 12m

Note that the procedures for setting up and monitoring Yarragadee are almost the same as Hobart. Familiarise yourself with Hobart first.

This can be done from ops4, the 4-monitor PC in the control room.

1. Bring up VNC sessions on the Yarragadee field system, timing PC and DBBC. This can be done via the Application menu in

the top right of the desktop:

Applications -> AuScope Yarragadee -> VNC -> [choose the server]

2. Configure the DBBC. The procedure is the same as for Hobart but the DBBC control software is a newer version with two windows, one client window for commands and one server for responding to commands and logging results. To start it up, you need to start the DBBC Control net.exe program first (shortcut is on the desktop, upper RHS). To get the control interface, you then run DBBC Client.exe. The command syntax is unchanged for this version of the DBBC software.

3. Set up the Mark5 is the same way as for Hobart. The only differences are:

  • The mark5 PC is called mk5yg
  • If dimino needs starting, do it via a terminal window in the pcfsyg VNC session. That way if the network goes down, dimino will continue to run

4. Start the observations in the same way as Hobart, except the schedule name will end in yg instead of hb. e.g. schedule=r4455yg,#1

5. Start up a checklist GUI on ops4:

Applications -> AuScope Yarragadee -> Checklist GUI

6. Start econtrol

Applications -> AuScope Yarragadee -> econtrol

Click on the boxes next to “StatusMonitor“ and “Logging and Operator Input”. This should trigger the program to connect to pcfsyg and you’ll see a status window and log window. If you don't see any information updating in the status window, type [ctrl]-[shift]-e to start the server process on the field system. You can send PCFS commands and comments from the bottom of the log window. Note you won’t see the log window update until the next scheduled command is sent.

7. It's best to only have the Yarragadee VNC sessions running when running through the checklist and to rely on econtrol and pmSTALM the rest of the time. Otherwise a lot of network bandwidth is used which can be expensive if it has to go through the Telstra 3G link. You should use the VNC sessions to check that the autocorrelation spectra are ok though.

8. Alarms are currently provided by the log monitor.

9. At the end, email the operator at Yarragadee to let him know the observation is finished and the telescope has gone to stow. moblas@midwest.com.au

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