ULTRASPEC+TNT news

This page records any changes made to ULTRASPEC on the 2.4m Thai National Telescope. Please record here any software updates, bug fixes, hardware changes, etc. Please make sure that you make NARIT* and the rest of the ULTRASPEC team* aware of any changes you make PRIOR to making them. If you have to make changes whilst the instrument is in use on the telescope, please ensure that you thoroughly test them well before observations begin on a particular night and that you inform the observers on that night. Issues highlighted in blue below are those we regard as particularly significant.

*In case of a significant change, please email the following: operation@narit.or.th, andrea4work@gmail.com, apichat@narit.or.th, saran@narit.or.th, puji.irawati@gmail.com, vikcam@googlegroups.com

      Issue    Date   Description
Software update
 13/12/2017minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 11/12/2017linux kernel update on the drpc (drpc rebooted). (PK)
minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
firefox updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 01/12/2017firefox updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 29/11/2017minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 22/11/2017linux kernel update on the drpc (drpc rebooted). (PK)
minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 21/11/2017minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 20/11/2017minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 16/11/2017minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
firefox updated on the drpc. (PK)
google-chrome updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 14/11/2017flash plugin updated on the drpc. (PK)
seamonkey updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 08/11/2017minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
google-chrome updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 06/11/2017linux kernel and graphics driver update on the drpc (drpc rebooted). (PK)
minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
libreoffice updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 31/10/2017linux kernel and graphics driver update on the drpc (drpc rebooted). (PK)
minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 30/10/2017minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
google-chrome updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 27/10/2017linux kernel update on the drpc (drpc rebooted). (PK)
minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
firefox updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 26/10/2017flash plugin updated on the drpc. (PK)
google-chrome updated on the drpc. (PK)
JRE (java runtime environment) updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 20/10/2017linux kernel update on the drpc (drpc rebooted). (PK)
minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 16/10/2017minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 11/10/2017minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
firefox updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 10/10/2017skype updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 09/10/2017minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 04/10/2017minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
firefox updated on the drpc. (PK)
flash plugin updated on the drpc. (PK)
google-chrome updated on the drpc. (PK)
libreoffice updated on the drpc. (PK)
seamonkey updated on the drpc. (PK)
skype updated on the drpc. (PK)
Hardware change
 02/10/2017drpc external interface not working. drpc changeover to spare drpc. (NARIT/PK)
Software update
 04/05/2017minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 02/05/2017linux kernel update on the drpc - will be enabled on next reboot. (PK)
minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 25/04/2017minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 21/04/2017minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 20/04/2017minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
firefox updated on the drpc. (PK)
google-chrome updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 19/04/2017minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 18/04/2017linux kernel update on the drpc - will be enabled on next reboot. (PK)
minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
skypeforlinux beta version installed on the drpc (old version of skype still available). (PK)
Software update
 12/04/2017pepperflash (replaces flashplayer) updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 10/04/2017minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
linux kernel update on the drpc - will be enabled on next reboot. (PK)
Software update
 31/03/2017google-chrome updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 30/03/2017minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
ntfs-3g updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 29/03/2017minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
firefox updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 28/03/2017minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 27/03/2017minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 23/03/2017minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 20/03/2017linux kernel update on the drpc - will be enabled on next reboot. (PK)
firefox updated on the drpc. (PK)
google-chrome updated on the drpc. (PK)
pepperflash (replaces flashplayer) updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 15/03/2017minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 14/03/2017linux kernel update on the drpc - will be enabled on next reboot. (PK)
minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 13/03/2017google-chrome updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 10/03/2017minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 09/03/2017minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
libreoffice updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 08/03/2017minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
firefox updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 07/03/2017linux kernel update on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 02/03/2017minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 27/02/2017minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 24/02/2017linux kernel and graphics driver update on the drpc. (PK)
minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 16/02/2017minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
pepperflash (replaces flashplayer) updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 14/02/2017minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 10/02/2017minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 09/02/2017google-chrome updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 01/02/2017minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 31/01/2017firefox updated on the drpc. (PK)
google-chrome updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 30/01/2017minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 27/01/2017minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
libreoffice updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 26/01/2017minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 24/01/2017JRE (java runtime environment) updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 20/01/2017minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
heatools updated on the drpc. (PK)
pepperflash (replaces flashplayer) updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 17/01/2017minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 13/01/2017major update to the drpc operating system software to Debian 8 Jessie amd64.
trm cpp-* programs including the ultracam/ultraspec pipeline updated on the drpc.
Type ultracam9.16 to initialise. (PK/VSD)
Software update
 04/01/2017minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 19/12/2016minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 16/12/2016minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
firefox updated on the drpc. (PK)
google-chrome updated on the drpc. (PK)
pepperflash (replaces flashplayer) updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 05/12/2016minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
firefox updated on the drpc. (PK)
google-chrome updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 30/11/2016minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
usdriver update
 29/11/2016change of TCS URL. (PK)
Software update
 25/11/2016minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 23/11/2016minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 18/11/2016minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 16/11/2016firefox updated on the drpc. (PK)
pepperflash (replaces flashplayer) updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 09/11/2016minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 08/11/2016trm cpp-* programs including the ultracam/ultraspec pipeline updated on the drpc.
Type ultracam9.16 to initialise. (PK)
Software update
 07/11/2016minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 04/11/2016minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
libreoffice updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 03/11/2016libultracam links adjusted for the pipeline "reduce" command. (PK)
Software update
 02/11/2016minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 31/10/2016minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 28/10/2016minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 27/10/2016minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
pepperflash (replaces flashplayer) updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 26/10/2016linux kernel and graphics driver update on the drpc. (PK)
minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
trm cpp-* programs including the ultracam/ultraspec pipeline updated on the drpc.
Type ultracam9.15 to initialise. (PK)
Software update
 24/10/2016minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
firefox updated on the drpc. (PK)
google-chrome updated on the drpc. (PK)
JRE (java runtime environment) updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 20/10/2016minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
google-chrome updated on the drpc. (PK)
freshplayerplugin and pepperflash (replaces flashplayer) installed on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 18/10/2016minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 10/10/2016minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
firefox updated on the drpc. (PK)
freshplayerplugin (replaces flashplayer) installed on the drpc. (PK)
google-chrome updated on the drpc. (PK)
JRE (java runtime environment) updated on the drpc. (PK)
libreoffice updated on the drpc. (PK)
thunderbird removed from the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 27/05/2016google-chrome updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 24/05/2016minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 20/05/2016minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 16/05/2016minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
libreoffice updated on the drpc. (PK)
thunderbird updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 13/05/2016flashplayer updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 12/05/2016google-chrome updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 11/05/2016minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 09/05/2016minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
seamonkey updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 05/05/2016minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 04/05/2016update to the drpc operating system software - new kernel and nvidia graphics driver. (PK)
trm cpp-* programs including the ultracam/ultraspec pipeline updated on the drpc.
As before, type ultracam9.14 to initialise. (PK)
minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
firefox updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 03/05/2016minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
google-chrome updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 28/04/2016firefox updated on the drpc. (PK)
google-chrome updated on the drpc. (PK)
JRE (java runtime environment) updated on the drpc. (PK)
thunderbird updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 26/04/2016minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 15/04/2016minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
firefox updated on the drpc. (PK)
google-chrome updated on the drpc. (PK)
JRE (java runtime environment) updated on the drpc. (PK)
libreoffice updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 14/04/2016minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 12/04/2016minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 11/04/2016minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
flashplayer updated on the drpc. (PK)
google-chrome updated on the drpc. (PK)
thunderbird updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 01/04/2016minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
google-chrome updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 29/03/2016minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 24/03/2016minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 22/03/2016minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
firefox updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 18/03/2016thunderbird updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 14/03/2016minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
libreoffice updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 10/03/2016minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
firefox updated on the drpc. (PK)
google-chrome updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 08/03/2016trm cpp-* programs including the ultracam/ultraspec pipeline updated on the drpc.
As before, type ultracam9.14 to initialise. (PK)
Software update 07/03/2016minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
trm cpp-* programs including the ultracam/ultraspec pipeline updated on the drpc.
As before, type ultracam9.14 to initialise. (PK)
trm-ultracam python programs updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 04/03/2016
minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
google-chrome updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 02/03/2016minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 29/02/2016minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 24/02/2016minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 22/02/2016google-chrome updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 19/02/2016minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
thunderbird updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 17/02/2016minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
ds9 updated on the drpc. (PK)
Note that the default left click in ds9 was "Region", but now is "None": to change this, select the mode required from the "Edit" menu. (PK)
Software update
 16/02/2016
minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Research highlight 15/02/2016ULTRASPEC+TNT result in ApJ highlighted by AAS:
http://aasnova.org/2016/02/15/disintegrating-planetary-bodies-around-a-white-dwarf/
Software update
 12/02/2016firefox updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 11/02/2016google-chrome updated on the drpc. (PK)
libreoffice updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 09/02/2016firefox updated on the drpc. (PK)
flashplayer updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 08/02/2016google-chrome updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 05/02/2016minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
usdriver update
 03/02/2016expert mode fixes. (PK)
Software update
 01/02/2016
minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
google-chrome updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 29/01/2016minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 27/01/2016firefox updated on the drpc. (PK)
JRE (java runtime environment) updated on the drpc. (PK)
Bad pixels on CCD
 25/01/2016updated defect file. (SPL)
Filters  25/01/2016cleaned g, rCont, r, i, u, KG5 filters. (SPL)
Timing problem    23/01/2016switched to spare GPS interrupt cable. does not fix problem. (SPL)
Software update
 21/01/2016google-chrome updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 20/01/2016minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 15/01/2016minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
google-chrome updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 14/01/2016minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 11/01/2016minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 08/01/2016thunderbird updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 07/01/2016firefox updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 06/01/2016minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 04/01/2016matplotlib and pyephem modules updated on the drpc. (PK)
firefox updated on the drpc. (PK)
flashplayer updated on the drpc. (PK)
seamonkey updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 24/12/2015astropy and numpy python modules updated on the drpc. (PK)
firefox updated on the drpc. (PK)
thunderbird updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 23/12/2015minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 21/12/2015firefox updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update 18/12/2015minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
libreoffice updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 17/12/2015minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 16/12/2015minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
firefox updated on the drpc. (PK)
google-chrome updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 10/12/2015
flashplayer updated on the drpc. (PK)
google-chrome updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 09/12/2015trm-observing python program updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update             08/12/2015Reported by VSD: usdriver updated to fix plotting of setup windows from usdriver when rtplotting. averun command fixed - files now saved in directory from where the script is run. usfinder updated to make the correct TNT telescope parameters the default.
Software update
 07/12/2015
trm cpp-* programs including the ultracam/ultraspec pipeline updated on the drpc.
As before, type ultracam9.14 to initialise. (PK)
trm-ultracam python programs updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 04/12/2015
minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 03/12/2015minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
cdrtools updated on the drpc. (PK)
firefox updated on the drpc. (PK)
flashplayer updated on the drpc. (PK)
google-chrome updated on the drpc. (PK)
JRE (java runtime environment) updated on the drpc. (PK)
libreoffice updated on the drpc. (PK)
seamonkey updated on the drpc. (PK)
skychart updated on the drpc. (PK)
thunderbird updated on the drpc. (PK)
Firewall change
 02/12/2015NARIT machine IP address ranges granted ssh access to the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 30/05/2015
minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
cdrtools updated on the drpc. (PK)
firefox updated on the drpc. (PK)
flashplayer updated on the drpc. (PK)
google-chrome updated on the drpc. (PK)
heatools updated on the drpc. (PK)
JRE (java runtime environment) updated on the drpc. (PK)
libreoffice updated on the drpc. (PK)
ntfs-3g updated on the drpc. (PK)
thunderbird updated on the drpc. (PK)
ultracam/ultraspec pipeline updated on the drpc to ultracam9.14 (PK)
Software update
 08/05/2015
minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 06/05/2015
minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 05/05/2015
minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Firewall change 01/05/2015
NARIT HQ NAS data backup machines with IP's 192.168.20.109 and 192.168.2.102 granted ssh access to the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 30/04/2015
minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 28/04/2015
minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 22/04/2015
minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 21/04/2015
minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
firefox updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 20/04/2015
minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 16/04/2015
minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 14/04/2015
minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
starlink software updated to the 2015A version on the drpc. (PK)
molly software rebuilt against the starlink 2015A version on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 13/04/2015
minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
firefox updated on the drpc. (PK)
libreoffice updated on the drpc. (PK)
thunderbird updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 02/04/2015
firefox updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 31/03/2015
minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Firewall change 30/03/2015
NARIT HQ machine with IP 192.168.2.180 granted vnc access to the drpc.
vnc connections now have full control of the drpc desktop when the observer user is logged into the drpc.
Previously allowed NARIT ip addresses can still connect via vnc to the drpc. (PK)
Tidy up of PCs 25/03/2015tidied up /home/observer on rack PC and drpc, and /home/observer/Desktop on drpc. Fixed broken desktop icons on drpc. Made biaschecker less sensitive. (VSD)
Software update:
slogger
 25/03/2015added pre-run comments to html log. (VSD)
Software update
 25/03/2015
minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 24/03/2015
minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 23/03/2015
firefox updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 20/03/2015
seamonkey updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 19/03/2015
minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 18/03/2015
minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 17/03/2015
google-chrome updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 16/03/2015
minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
flashplayer updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 13/03/2015
minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 11/03/2015
minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 06/03/2015
minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
cdrtools updated on the drpc. (PK)
firefox updated on the drpc. (PK)
seamonkey updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 28/02/2015
libreoffice updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 25/02/2015
firefox updated on the drpc. (PK)
thunderbird updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 24/02/2015
minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 23/02/2015
minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 19/02/2015
minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 12/02/2015
minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 11/02/2015
minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 09/02/2015
minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 06/02/2015
minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
flashplayer updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 04/02/2015
minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 03/02/2015
minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 02/02/2015
minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
google-chrome updated on the drpc. (PK)
libreoffice updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 30/01/2015
flashplayer updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 27/01/2015
minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
firefox updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 26/01/2015
minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
flashplayer updated on the drpc. (PK)
JRE (java runtime environment) updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 19/01/2015
minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 15/01/2015
minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 14/01/2015
firefox updated on the drpc. (PK)
flashplayer updated on the drpc. (PK)
thunderbird updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 12/01/2015
minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 09/01/2015
minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
usdriver updates 06/01/2015Following the GTO runs there have been several (tested) fixes for the following usdriver problems: (1) SIMBAD searches timeout if the network is unavailable (rather than simply hanging); (2) Negative declinations between -1 and 0 are correctly handled; (3) issue with changing filters encountered by Andrea & Ira fixed; (4) errors thrown during background slide operations slightly better handled.
Software update
 05/01/2015
minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 24/12/2014
minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 23/12/2014
minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 22/12/2014
minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 17/12/2014
minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 16/12/2014
trm-ultracam python programs updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 11/12/2014
minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
flashplayer updated on the drpc. (PK)
seamonkey updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 09/12/2014
minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 05/12/2014
minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 02/12/2014
minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
firefox updated on the drpc. (PK)
thunderbird updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 01/12/2014
linux kernel and nvidia graphics driver updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 30/11/2014
minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 28/11/2014
minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 27/11/2014
flashplayer updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 24/11/2014
google-chrome updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 18/11/2014
trm-ultracam python programs updated on the drpc. (PK)
minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
firefox updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 14/11/2014
flashplayer updated on the drpc. (PK)
libreoffice updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 12/11/2014
minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 11/11/2014
firefox updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 07/11/2014
firefox updated on the drpc. (PK)
libreoffice updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 03/11/2014minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 29/10/2014
firefox updated on the drpc. (PK)
libreoffice updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 27/10/2014
minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
firefox updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 24/10/2014
minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 22/10/2014
google-chrome updated on the drpc. (PK)
JRE (java runtime environment) updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 20/10/2014
minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update 17/10/2014
minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
firefox updated on the drpc. (PK)
flashplayer updated on the drpc. (PK)
thunderbird updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update:
usdriver
 09/10/2014usdriver updated to fix problem where the CCD parameters section is blank on startup. (VSD)
Info on backups
 09/10/2014   ULTRASPEC's non-data disks are backed up each day. The system disk of the data reduction PC is rsynced to the clone disk at 04:00 UT daily. The system disk of the rack PC is rsynced to the clone disk at 02:00 UT daily. If you need to recover a file, please contact Paul Kerry. (PK)
Software update 09/10/2014   minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
starlink software updated to the 2014A version on the drpc. (PK)
molly software rebuilt against the starlink 2014A version on the drpc. (PK)
skype updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update 08/10/2014minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
cdrtools updated on the drpc. (PK)
firefox updated on the drpc. (PK)
flashplayer updated on the drpc. (PK)
google-chrome updated on the drpc. (PK)
JRE (java runtime environment) updated on the drpc. (PK)
libreoffice updated on the drpc. (PK)
thunderbird updated on the drpc. (PK)
Readout noise 02/10/2014The new NARIT earth seems to have improved the readout noise, which is now typically around 4 counts (3.2e-) with the telescope tracking, but fluctuates between ~3 counts (2.4 e-) and ~6 counts (4.8e-). (VSD)
Software update: end_of_night tasks 02/10/2014
end_of_night_tasks script updated to find the log files recorded by both the python and the java usdrivers. (VSD)
Software update: start_uspec
 02/10/2014start_uspec script updated to make Tom's new python usdriver the default GUI. Java GUI can be accessed with the command start_uspec old. Script also now checks if camera server, filesave server and usdriver are already running and, if so, does not attempt to start them. (VSD)
Software update: slogger 02/10/2014slogger updated to remove redundant columns (e.g. grating, slit width, slit PA) and add useful new columns (RA, Dec, focus, PA - if available). Should now work with the output from either the java or python versions of usdriver. (VSD)

Software update: SDSU DSP
 01/10/2014SDSU CCD controller DSP software upgraded from v130417 to v140331. This fully implements the double-clear (to fix the saturating-in-clear-mode problem) and SDSU power off function, and correctly sets the DSP version number in the file headers. (VSD)
Software update: ultracam pipeline 30/10/2014ULTRACAM data reduction pipeline software upgraded from v9.12 to v9.13. This version handles the new DSP version number correctly, removes some old and irrelevant warnings from rtplot, and correctly implements GPS timestamping for clear mode, which has changed due to the double clear. (VSD)
DRPC CPU heatsink/fan reseated 29/09/2014The heatsink and fan on the CPU of the ULTRASPEC data reduction PC in the control room has been reseated, with new thermal compound applied. The PC still seems to be running warm, but we suspect this is ok. (VSD)
New filter available 29/09/2014Replacement CIII/NIII+HeII filter (#31 in the filter database) put in ULTRASPEC filter box in the dome. The original (#23) was cracked. (VSD)
Hardware change: filter wheel 29/09/2014The 5 SDSS+KG5 filters have been swapped from their original wheel to the spare wheel (that contained some test apertures installed by Christophe), as this spare wheel seems to run more smoothly in the wheel housing. The o-ring was also replaced around the original wheel. A washer has also been added to the bolt on the filter wheel door so that the door can now be fully tightened without worrying about compressing the wheel too much and causing it to fail. The grub screws securing the filter wheel housing to ULTRASPEC have also been moved so that they can now be fully tightened without compressing the gap in the filter wheel housing, thereby causing the wheel to grind. All of the changes, in conjunction with the firmware change detailed below, have hopefully made the filter wheel reliable now. (VSD)
Firmware update: filter wheel 29/09/2014Filter wheel controller firmware updated from v3.01 to v3.02. This fixes the bug where an attempt to move from position #3 to position #6 results in an actual move to position #1. A complete, spare filter wheel has also been placed in the ULTRASPEC crates on the ground floor - this has v3.02 pre-installed. (VSD)
Instrument paper
 12/08/2014ULTRASPEC+TNT instrument paper accepted for publication in MNRAS. (VSD)
First science paper
 01/08/2014First refereed ULTRASPEC+TNT science paper accepted for publication in A&A. (AR)
Software update
 08/05/2014google-chrome updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 06/05/2014minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 01/05/2014minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
firefox updated on the drpc. (PK)
flashplayer updated on the drpc. (PK)
thunderbird updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 29/04/2014minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 28/04/2014minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
libreoffice updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 23/04/2014minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 22/04/2014JRE (java runtime environment) updated on the drpc. (PK)
new version of usfinder installed under the observer account on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 19/04/2014minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 14/04/2014minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 11/04/2014minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
flashplayer updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 09/04/2014minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 08/04/2014minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 07/04/2014minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 01/04/2014minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Modified ls332.py
 29/03/2014   Modified the Lakeshore temperature monitoring script to make it more robust against serial port clashes with other processes, e.g. usdriver.py (TRM)
Fixed problem with saturation in clear mode
 29/03/2014finally managed to fix the problem with weird saturation behaviour in clear mode, with help from David Atkinson (UKATC). We now clear the chip twice instead of once. This only takes ~10ms longer per frame, but isn't a problem as clear mode is only ever used for calibrations and acquisition. CCD tested extensively to see if any knock-on negative consequences of this change (e.g. dark current, noise, bias, etc) - no problems found (VSD)
Modified start_uspec
 29/03/2014added "tom" option to run Tom's new python usdriver instead of the default java version. To run it, simply type: "start_uspec tom" (VSD)
Recalibrated slide
 28/03/2014modified slide.c to correct for ~10 pixel position error. Also aligned and focused the blade. Good to ~1 pixel now in focus, position and tilt (VSD)
Modified userman
 28/03/2014modified startup, shutdown and troubleshooting sections of on-line ULTRASPEC user manual to reflect changes to the Lakeshore temperature monitoring described below (VSD)
Modified start_uspec
 28/03/2014added automatic start-up of Lakeshore temperature monitoring, if not already running (VSD)
Edited .cshrc
 28/03/2014added path to command-line prompt in .cshrc file on drpc and rack pc (under observer)
Tidy up of PCs    
 27/03/2014   tidied up /home/observer on rack PC and drpc, and /home/observer/Desktop on drpc (VSD)
Software bug fix
 27/03/2014corrected bug in slogger that caused it to crash when entering ? and * in the comments (VSD)
Software update
 25/03/2014minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 20/03/2014firefox updated on the drpc. (PK)seamonkey updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 18/03/2014minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
libreoffice updated on the drpc. (PK)
flashplayer updated on the drpc. (PK)
ntfs-3g updated on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 17/03/2014minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 14/03/2014minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 13/03/2014minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 12/03/2014minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 11/03/2014minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
NASA HEASARC software suite updated on the drpc. (PK)
libreoffice updated on the drpc. (PK)
starlink software updated to the hikianalia version on the drpc. (PK)
molly software rebuilt against the starlink hikianalia version on the drpc. (PK)
Software update
 04/03/2014minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Firewall change
 27/02/2014ip address changes for NARIT vnc connections to the drpc. (PK)
Firewall change
 24/02/2014permission granted to allow VNC connections from a single NARIT machine to the drpc. (PK)
Software update 24/02/2014   minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update
 19/02/2014minor update to the drpc operating system software. (PK)
Software update 17/02/2014trm-ultracam python programs updated on the drpc - this fixes a problem with exposure times when converting to FITS. (PK)
Software update
 17/02/2014   trm-ultracam python programs updated on the drpc. (PK)
firefox updated on the drpc: close and reload firefox to use the new version. (PK)
cdrtools software suite updated on the drpc. (PK)
mjpegtools software suite updated on the drpc. (PK)
seamonkey updated on the drpc. (PK)
skype updated on the drpc. (PK)
Timing problem 14/02/2014In a run at the end of January, we noticed occasional jumps in the registration of ULTRASPEC's data and times. The problem potentially affects any ULTRASPEC data taken to date. If precise timing is important to you, please read these details. (TRM)
News page
 14/02/2014This news page created and vikcam group members informed of necessity of recording all changes to ULTRASPEC here. (VSD)

Subpages (1): ULTRASPEC timing problem