Commissioning of pODI in static mode is essentially complete, and commissioning of coherent guiding mode is underway. We are on track to begin shared risk operations of pODI in March. Note that pODI is actually a system - we will be providing not only the instrument and the raw data, but also pipeline-processed data products to remove instrument trends, tools to access the data and data products, and access to the archived data. This part of the system, known as the "Pipeline, Portal, and Archive" (PPA), is hosted at Indiana University. Since commissioning is not yet completed for pODI, observations in 2013B will again be shared-risk. While we should have several months of normal operations under our belt before the 2013B semester starts, we cannot currently guarantee that all aspects of the instrument, including the PPA, will be fully tested and optimized. Therefore, (a) observers should be prepared to confirm the measurements they make (surprising results, especially), (b) some things may not yet have been implemented, and (c) some things may be inefficient. Information about proposing for pODI and its capabilities and performance can be found at within the ODI web pages.
There are several key things to note about the availability of the other 3.5-m instruments in 2013B:
Remote observing is now available for any observer (including all NOAO observers), provided they adhere to the remote observing policies.
The WIYN 0.9-m is anticipating the delivery and commissioning of the Half Degree Imager (HDI) camera in February 2013. Through the NSF PREST program, the 0.9-m Consortium will be offering nights to the community through proposals to NOAO. In semester 2013B these nights will be offered as shared-risk, and the total number of nights available is currently under negotiation. Because of this and the fact that the commissioning will soon be happening, we strongly recommend that you re-visit this status page prior to proposing for the latest updates and links to current information. Assuming delivery is as scheduled, the instrument will have been commissioned prior to the March 30 proposal deadline, and updated information will be provided on this status page. If some issues arise after the March 30 deadline that seriously impacts the delivery or performance of HDI, we will work with successful proposers to see if their program can be accomplished using our current imager, S2KB and/or Mosaic. (For more information about filters available with HDI, etc., please view the 0.9m web pages; for information on Mosaic, please view the Mosaic web pages.)
|S2KB||HDI||Pixel size||21 x 21 um||15 x 15 um|
|0.6 x 0.6 arcsec||0.43 x 0.43 arcsec|
|Number of pixels||2048 x 2048||4096 x 4112|
|Area on sky||20.5 x 20.5 arcmin||29.2 x 29.2 arcmin|
|Readnoise (various modes)||9, 14, 20||4, 5, 7, 10|
|Readout time (1 x 1 bin)||180s||111 sec/N amplifiers
(N = 1, 2, 4)
|Well depth (e-)||240,000||300,000|
|Quantum efficiency (%)|
Any questions can be directed to Lori Allen (lallen at noao.edu).
Last modified: 15-Mar-2013 15:12:09 MST