The following notes assume all 3 ATNF telescopes (Parkes, ATCA, Mopra) are being monitored. Ignore the parts of the notes which refer to telescopes not being used for the current experiment. These notes also do not explain how to setup an experiment - refer to the telescope specific notes elsewhere in this wiki.
You must be appropriately qualified for remote observing with Parkes and ATCA, even if observing from the SOC. Refer to the specific observing documentation beforehand, or discuss with CASS staff.
Please ensure you know the answer to ALL of the questions on this quiz page. If you cannot answer them, then please re-watch the videocasts and re-read this documentation.
If you feel the documentation is not clear about any of this, then please send feedback to Chris.
Run the following standard telescope monitoring pages:
Make sure you register as as OIC at Parkes and ATCA and you “book” the observing beforehand
Run the following VLBI specific monitors
recmon must be run on a machine with working sound turned on. Test this “Alarm Test” button.
Make sure all appropriate telescopes/recorders are enabled (or disabled).
Connect your local VNC client to the following VNC sessions. Refer to these notes for notes on setting up ssh tunneling if observing remotely. If you do not know the current VNC password, refer to these notes
|ATCA||xbones:1||ATCA antenna control|
|ATCA||caccc1:1||CABB control and monitoring|
|Mopra||bigrock:1||Antenna and VLBI control|
Some general notes on trouble shooting issues. There are ATNF specific, but not antenna specific (see notes above for antenna specific issues).
Check the following every ~10min on lba_monitor and recmon web monitors.
Note that when ATCA or Mopra are hardware wind stowed, they may report to be “idle” or “drive error”. Look at the wind monitor to decide if that is what has happened.
Because of the elevation limit, Parkes often misses out some sources. It will then just go to the next source it can reach. If the ATCA/Mopra elevation is < 30deg, this is most likely what has happened. You can verify this if you want by looking at the experiment “.sum” file in the ftp area. ASKAP has a similar issues because sources rise at ASKAP much later than on the East coast.
Check the following in the specific telescope VNC windows
The PI should have scheduled automatic phasecal commands within the schedule. If not you should run “corr pcal” in caobs if the phases drift too far apart, or consider dropping antenna from the tie array output if the phase stability is too poor on the longer baselines.