CFCCD Manual

A CTIO CFCCD USER MANUAL

Alistair Walker April 24 2000 v1.3

1. TELESCOPE and FOCUS CHOICE

2. INSTRUMENT and COMPUTER CONFIGURATION
    2.1:Sun Computers
    2.2:Telescope Control System
    2.3:CFCCD
    2.4:HELP!

3. DATA TAKING PROCEDURES
    3.1: Introduction
    3.2: Starting Up and some miscellaneous advice
        3.2.1 Loading & Running the Software
        3.2.2 Data Storage
        3.2.3 CCDs with Multiple Outputs
        3.2.4 Processing Quad Images
        3.2.5 Writing Tapes
    3.3: Instrument Setup and Checkout
        3.3.1 Introduction
        3.3.2 Bias exposures
        3.3.3 White Spot exposures
        3.3.5 Dark exposure
        3.3.5 Shutter timing
    3.4: Calibration Frames
        3.4.1 Introduction
        3.4.2 Bias exposures
        3.4.3 Dome Flat Fields
        3.4.4 Twilight Sky Flat Fields
        3.4.5 Dark Sky Flat Fields
    3.5: Night Time Procedures
        3.5.1 Start of the night procedures
        3.5.2 Focussing the telescope
        3.5.3 The TV camera
        3.5.4 Guider Operation
    3.6: Observing
        3.6.1 Finding your object
        3.6.2 Exposure times
        3.6.3 Bad pixels
        3.6.4 Standard stars

4. DETECTOR CHARACTERISTICS
    4.1: General Principles
    4.2: Detector Options
    4.3: Detector Notes
        4.3.1 The Tek 1024 CCD
        4.3.1 The Tek 2048 CCD
        4.3.1 The Thomson CCD
        4.3.1 The STIS 2048 CCD
    4.4: Detector Control Options
        4.4.1 CCD readout format
        4.4.2 Binning
        4.4.3 Preflash Time
        4.4.4 Gain
    4.5: CCD scales at various foci

APPENDIX
         I: Filters for CCD Imaging
        II: Gain and Readout Noise