THE MOUNTAIN SUN/IRAF SYSTEMS
A PROVISO FOR USERS
The installation of Sun workstations running IRAF
has proven a great addition
to the Observatory's data collection and reduction capabilities on the
We have seen a sharp
increase in the number of observers who use the Suns to at least
get started with the data reduction process. Many observing programs
now have more than one observer on site with one person reducing
the previous night's observations while the other observes. Two workstations or graphics terminals are available at most of the telescopes.
Giving adequate support for reduction activity
is becoming a difficult support problem.
is not a fully supported IRAF site, and
response to requests for help with the Suns or IRAF will depend on the
support personnel. We will certainly do our best to do what we can
to assist you, but there will be times when no support will be available.
We make the following suggestions to users:
Minimum expected level of knowledge: Some previous computer experience,
preferably with the UNIX operating system, including tape handling.
Beginning level experience with IRAF is a plus. VMS is not used on Kitt
Learning IRAF and the optimum data reduction procedure is no small task.
If you have not previously used IRAF,
the mountaintop is not the best
place to start learning unless you have made a fair effort to prepare
in advance by reading the available "cookbooks" and talking with persons
experienced with data reductions. Our resources do not allow
for multi-hour "cold-start" teaching sessions with the uninitiated.
The observer should know in advance what steps in the data reduction
process he or she wishes to do. Your startup person will help you with the Sun
and get you going in IRAF, but the actual steps of the data reduction
process are the responsibility of the observer. Many of our support
people can offer advice depending on their level of experience. In most
cases, the most knowledgeable person to contact
about your data reduction process is your
assigned startup person.
If you experience difficulties with IRAF and mountain support
personnel are not able to answer your questions,
use the hotline (dial extension 8160).
For less pressing questions/problems, use the IRAF E-mail service, i.e.
Your cooperation is appreciated.
Updated 2005 Sept 8