Prior to observing run

Fill out the Observing Request Form (ORF)

This is needeed by the Day Crew, Telescope Operators, and other support staff.
Please fill this out at least one month prior to your observing run (particularly programs that are observing remotely).

Obtain needed target information

1.  Find target coordinates.  Common HR, HD, SAO, and Ukirt standards are in predefined Starcat catalogs.
For other targets you will need to create a user list that starcat can read.  Instructions can be found here.
2.  Determine needed slit rotations (default position has slit oriented EW).
3.  Calculate approximate integration times.  Throughput information can be found here.

Create an IRTF Guest account

1.  Get guest account creation password from your support astronomer.
2.  Logon or SSH to IRTF computers as addguest user.
If on remote computer: ssh -l addguest
If on IRTF computer:
i.  Select Failsafe_Terminal from the Sessions menu
ii.  Enter addguest in the Username field and hit return, then the password
iii.  When a dialog box with the message, This is a Fail Safe terminal session... appears, click OK to continue.
3.  Enter your program number and a program name you would like to be known by (e.g. PI last name).
4.  You will be given a computer account name between guest00 and guest34.
5.  Select and enter desired password (entered two times).
NOTE:  It may take up to 15 minutes for the account to be activated.

Test VNC connection and Cshell performance

NOTE:  Contact telescope staff when you want to test Cshell to make sure it is available
1.  Connect to Cshell VNC session (7) after getting VNC password of the day.
On IRTF LINUX computers: vncviewer stefan:7 and enter password
On your computer: use vncviewer such as RealVNC.
2.  Perform Startup procedures
3.  Check array performance by taking a dark, a spectroscopic exposure of a lamp line, and imaging the slit position.

LAST UPDATE: February 1, 2010