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Afternoon Setup

The afternoon setup process for the instrument itself is minimal. Calibrations are automated, so unless you have very special requirements for your observation (if so please contact the Staff Astronomer supporting your night in advance), then observers will not need to execute any calibrations.

Prior to starting observing, observers should run

KPF Control Menu --> Start KPF GUIs from the background menu (or kpfStartUp from the command line on any KPF machine)

This will:

This can be run at any time prior to observing. If automated calibrations are in progress, this may take several minutes as certain operations can only be done while the detectors are not exposing.

Observers should use the afternoon to prepare Observing Blocks (OBs) and their star list if they have not done so already.

Start of Night

KPF does, however, need to be configured properly at the start of the night. There is a procedure which should be run only

It is important that this not be run while other instruments are observing. To configure KPF for observing, run

KPF Control Menu --> Run Start of Night Script from the background menu (or kpfStartOfNight from the command line on any KPF machine)

This will: