Form for QSO: Help
This Web form has been created to submit unpredictable
Target-of-Opportunity programs for the Queued Service Observing (QSO) mode with
the MegaPrime, WIRCam and ESPaDOnS at CFHT. If you have been allocated time already for
a TOO program by the TAC, you do not have to submit this form. Just go to PH2,
prepare your observations, and send us an email to the QSO Team.
After submission of this form, an email will be automatically
sent to the CFHT Director, the QSO Team and the PI. The proposal will be evaluated
by the Director. If the program is recommended, the QSO Team will prepare the
observations through our Phase 2 tool, according to the information given in
the Web form.We recommend that you send the form as soon as possible before
an observing night so that the QSO people can contact the PI, in case of questions
related to the observations to be performed.
Please, fill up all the entry fields below. All of them are important.
- Title of TOO Program:
Give a short title but descriptive title to your program.
- Abstract: Write a brief summary (~3-5 lines)
of your program. This will be available during the observations.
- Science Justification: This section must describe the purpose of
the observations. It should be short (~15-25 lines) but precise. The science
merit of the proposal will be evaluated from this section.
- PI Name: Give the name of the Principal Investigator. He/she will
be the contact point for the CFHT Staff.
- Institute: Current working institution of the PI.
- Postal Address: We will ship the data on a DLT by postal
mail so indicate your current delivery address.
- Email Address: Your current email address. Absolutely essential!!
- Technical Description: Describe briefly (5-8 lines) how the observations
should be undertaken. For instance, do you need dithering patterns? Very accurate
pointing (<10")? Special calibrations?
- Target Name: Give the target name. The real astronomical name is
- Right Ascension/Declination: Coordinates of your target for 2000.0.
Please verify them before submitting the form!
- Filters: Indicate the list of filters needed (e.g. u,g,r,i,z).
The execution sequence will go from left to right. For ESPaDOns: Please indicate what observing mode will be used (e.g polarimetry vs spectroscopy), and what Stokes parameters should be done in the polarimtry mode.
- Exposure Times: Indicate the exposure times for each filter. For
instance, 2x30,3x40 would mean 2 frames of 30 seconds with the first filter,
3 frames of 40 seconds with the second filter, etc.
- Total Time Requested: Indicate the total time requested for your
program, including the readout time of the mosaic (40 seconds/exposure for Megacam; 10 secs/exposure for WIRCam). For ESPaDOns: Different overheads are charged, according to the readout speed pf the detector; Please refer to the PH2 tutorial of ESPaDOnS on the QSO Web page.
- Image Quality: Select one image quality among the different choices.
The uppr limit has a higher priority: if you program receives a high priority,
we might observe it in better conditions than requested.
- Sky Brightness: Indicate any constraint you might have for the sky
- Data Access: Indicate if you must have access to the data immediately
after they have been taken, the night after of only after the QSO run. Beware
that for MegaCam, it might be difficult to have access to your data on a short period of
time due to the large format of the frames (~600 Mbytes/image)....
- QSO Comments: Send any comments you might have regarding your program
to the QSO Team. This is important so that the observing team understands
what you are expecting.