CIMA Setup and Observing Cookbook for GALFA
Marko Krčo, Snežana Stanimirović, Carl Heiles,
Jae-Joon Lee, Joshua Goldston, Jagadheep Pandian, Tim Robishaw, Yvonne Tang
September 14, 2004
Disclaimer: CIMA is changing; this works today but may not tomorrow! Note that there are some
redundancies in the current version and some features are not yet implemented. This and CIMA are
works in progress. The numbers and values in this document are specific to the GALFA precursor
observations and may not necessarily be suited to everyone’s needs.
1 CIMA startup and setup
1. A couple of things to check before starting: (1) ALFA cover must have been removed; (2) if you need to rotate
the feed, the motor must be switched on (this is also done on the platform!). If the power have failed on the
platform, the ”reset button” on the motor may have to be pushed; if someone switches the motor on, he/she
probably should hit the reset button too, before coming down, just in case. If you have any doubts, look for
ALFA rotation using the dome video monitors (you should be able to see it move). Also, the operator may
need to turn on ALFA in software from the control room. (Someday, all this will be automated.)
2. Log into OBSERVER2 as ”dtusr” (password taped to the monitor).
3. Start CIMA by clicking with the right button of the mouse on the background, and choosing ”cima online
GUI” from the menu. Several windows will pop up: Identify New User (orange), AO Observer Display (black),
CIMA Observer’s Interface1 (orange), and a couple of others (white background, with red or blue writing) that
you will not use. CIMA Observer’s Interface is the main window and should always be open. The buttons
therein open new windows, which allow you to control the telescope.
4. Identify New User
(a) Observer(s). This entry is placed in the FITS header for each record. It is also used in the return address
in case, during your observations, you decide to email the RFI or CIMA groups with a comment (using
the E-mail Comment button).
(b) Proposal Number. Thi