I've found 7 potential cosmic shear fields during the night, so there is one overhead at any time you have a few minutes spare. I haven't given you airmass tables for each object, but merely listed the (sidereal) times while it is within 20o of zenith. Please observe them during this window; and re-focus / MAlign before each shear run, to help keep the PSF down. Every field requires 3x200s exposures, one at each of these dither positions. We have found that it is easier and more accurate to tell these to the TO rather than to put them all explicitly into the object co-ordinate list.
The EllisR filter is long and thin; and well off-axis. The offset from it's centre to the centre of the CCD is ~74" E, but the TO should have an Ellis-R offset mode which includes this automatically. This also sets a PA of -98.70 which gets the long filter axis pointing East-West, consistently with our previous data. In the finding charts below, North is up and East is left. Use the CCD in default (fast readout, low gain) mode and please save the whole CCD area: it is possible to clip the unused region but this screws up my reduction pipeline.
I will also need photometric standards, bias frames and sky flats. Dome flats
would be a huge bonus if you can get them done as well, please. Last
time they were much better than the sky flats, perhaps because the sky was
changing colour as they were taken. If you need to get in touch, e-mail me or call
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|R.A.||Dec|| Local Sidereal Time
Within 20o of zenith
| Must START
|Finding chart for k351*||22 14 56.5||24 57 40||LST 20:51-23:39||LST 20:51-23:26|
|Finding chart for k352*||23 49 57.0||29 26 50||LST 22:33-01:05||LST 22:33-00:52|
|Finding chart for k353*||01 30 14.0||28 45 20||LST 00:11-02:49||LST 00:11-02:36|
|Finding chart for k354*||02 45 08.0||29 02 00||LST 01:27-04:02||LST 01:27-03:49|
|Finding chart for k355*||04 00 14.5||24 04 00||LST 02:32-05:28||LST 02:32-05:15|
|Finding chart for k356*||04 59 58.5||09 59 50||LST 03:47-06:13||LST 03:47-06:00|
|Finding chart for k357*||07 00 15.0||30 03 30||LST 05:44-08:16||LST 05:44-08:03|
A target list formatted to Keck specifications is available here.
A map of them on the sky, with our old fields, is available here.