QSO Manager: Nadine Manset
(The latest news in the world of QSO)
(QSO Program Submission instructions for Poopsy)
(Access to the Phase 2 Submission Tool (PH2) and list of all accepted QSO programs for current semester)
(Submission form for Target-of-Opportunity programs)
(Observing reports and Program Status)
(Global program statistics for current semester)
(Information on Prop time for QSO programs)
(How to contact the QSO Team)
|QSO News !|
Welcome to the QSO Page! This section presents the most recent news regarding the QSO mode with MegaCam, WIRCam and ESPaDOnS! Come back often and stay informed on the progress made in our QSO endeavor...
Last update: 09/23/2009
|QrunID||Instrument||HST Dates||Number of Nights||Status||Run Summary|
|09BQ01||WIRCam||08/01/09 - 08/14/09||14||Done||Good run. Lost about 3 nights to high humidity. Good IQ. Used Engineering time for Staring Mode implementation.|
|09BQ02||MegaCam||08/15/09 - 08/23/09||9||Done||Good run. Lost about 1 night to high humidity. Good IQ except for a few hours. Minimal time lost to technical problems.|
|09BQ03||WIRCam||08/24/09 - 08/28/09||5||Done||Good short run. Lost 1 night to high humidity. Good IQ. No time lost to technical problems.|
|09BQ04||ESPaDOnS||09/02/09 - 09/10/09||9||Done||Good run. Good weather. About 5hrs lost to telescope issues. First official trial at single-person operations from the summit (with Warm Body present for safety reasons): promising!|
|09BQ05||MegaCam||09/11/09 - 09/23/09||13||Started|
|09BQ06||ESPaDOnS||09/24/09 - 10/09/09||16||Not Started|
|09BQ07||MegaCam||10/10/09 - 10/22/09||13||Not Started|
|09BQ08||WIRCam||10/23/09 - 11/09/09||18||Not Started|
|09BQ09||MegaCam||11/10/09 - 11/22/09||13||Not started|
|09BQ10||ESPaDOnS||11/23/09 - 12/09/09||17||Not Started|
|09BQ11||MegaCam||12/10/09 - 12/20/09||11||Not Started|
|09BQ12||WIRCam||12/21/09 - 12/29/09||9||Not Started|
|09BQ13||ESPaDOnS||12/30/09 - 01/06/10||8||Not Started|
|09BQ14||MegaCam||01/07/10 - 01/19/10||13||Not started|
|09BQ15||ESPaDOnS||01/22/10 - 01/31/10||10||Not started|
QSO Run summaries for previous semesters are available starting with 2004A.
The first step for applying for time in a queue mode is to submit a proposal to the Time Allocation Committee. For the Canadian, French, Taiwanese, and Brazilian communities, this must be done through CADC's Web interface, Poopsy. All the necessary information for queue proposals with MegaPrime, WIRCam and ESPaDOnS for the semester 2010A can be found in the Web documents below. It is STRONGLY recommended to carefully read the relevant document before starting to work with Poopsy; those documents are updated with new information before each semester. Investigators should spend some time to familiarize themselves with the QSO concept, the characteristics of the instruments, and the general procedures.
Notes for 2010A:
|Submission of MegaPrime Queue Proposals: A Tutorial for 2010A (.pdf)|
|Submission of WIRCam Queue Proposals: A Tutorial for 2010A (.pdf)|
|Submission of ESPaDOnS Queue Proposals: A Tutorial for 2010A (.pdf)|
|Quick checklist for Phase 1:|
For more information concerning the QSO Project and for any help during the preparation of your queue proposal, contact the QSO Team.
|Phase 2 Proposal Submission|
PH2 is a sophisticated Web based tool designed specifically for the Phase 2 submission of observations with MegaCam, WIRCam, and ESPaDOnS, and available from the CFHT Web site.
The phase 2 period for accepted proposals for 2009B with MegaCam, WIRCam and ESPaDOnS will open on June 5, with a deadline of June 18, 2009, at 14h HST.
List of 2009B QSO programs for MegaPrime, WIRCam, and ESPaDOnS.
The documentation has been re-organized and simplified. Two short documents present How QSO works at CFHT and the General Principals of Phase 2 (PH2). Each document starts with an Abstract and a set of keywords, to help users find topics of interest. All users are encouraged to read those documents at least once, which should take about 15 minutes.
The tutorials for each instruments have been simplified and updated. A short section at the top summarizes the basics of PH2. A Table of Content and links throughout the tutorials ease navigation. The tutorials are available within PH2 through the "Tutorial" button, or directly from the following links:
|PH2 Tutorial for MegaCam|
|PH2 Tutorial for WIRCam|
|PH2 Tutorial for ESPaDOnS|
| CFHT HQ Main Site:
Open the Phase 2 Tool !
|CFHT Backup Site:
Open the Phase 2 Tool !
|Contacting the QSO Team|
You need to contact the QSO Team? Please send an email to qsoteam -=at=- cfht.hawaii.edu. During a QSO run, communication between the investigators and the QSO Team will be done exclusively through the QSO Coordinator, not the QSO observer. For the status of your program, please refer first to the Web night reports (below).
|Target-of-Opportunity (TOO) Programs|
The QSO mode is well-adapted for target-of-opportunity programs. If you want to submit unpredictable TOO observations to be carried out in a queue mode with the MegaCam, WIRCam or ESPaDOnS during the current semester, you must fill up a special Web form. Following this information, the CFHT Executive Director will review your proposal. If telescope time is allocated, the QSO Team will either ask the PI to fill in the required PH2 information, or extract the necessary information from the Web form and prepare the observations. If you have already received telescope time from the TAC for your TOO program, you do NOT have to fill this form.
The complete CFHT TOO policy and the proposal submission form are
|TOO Policy||TOO Proposal Form|
|Night Reports - Program Status|
During a semester, night reports are available from this page, after data evaluation performed by the QSO Team (done following each observing night). The night report page allows the user also to extract the current status on the QSO programs. Thus, you will not have to contact us to know what's happening with your observing program. We are also publishing some statistics on the QSO mode during a given semester (see next section). More information, notably regarding the weather conditions and data distribution, have also been added to these reports. Suggestions are also welcome!
|QSO Night Reports|
The current statistics on the QSO mode are now available on this page. This includes the time distribution for the different Agencies as well as some global numbers on the programs.
|Current Statistics (MegaCam)|
|Current Statistics (WIRCam)|
|Current Statistics (ESPaDOnS)|
The proprietary period of QSO data extends by default to 1 year + 1 month starting at the end of the QSO semester. For instance, data taken for the 2009B semester (August 1 - January 31) will have a default release date set to 02/28/2011. The extra month is allowed because of possible delays in the data reduction distribution of observations carried out near the end of a semester. If an extension is requested in Poopsy during the Phase 1 period and is approved by TAC, a new date will be set for this program through the QSO system. This release date for the QSO data is indicated in the fits headers by the keyword REL_DATE.
Note: Since data can be taken at almost any time during a semester in a queue mode, it will not be possible to change the release date after the beginning of a semester. For snapshot programs, the proprietary period is three months following the end of the semester. The CFHTLS data have a different release date, regarding the proprietary period system supported by the Board of Directors.
|Documentation and Reports|
QSO Project Technical Documentation
QSO reports for semesters: 2008B 2008A 2007B 2007A 2006B 2006A 2005B 2005A 2004B 2004A 2003B 2003A 2002B 2002A 2001B 2001A