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Getting started

Getting started with the ORAC-OT

First up, launch the oracot and open up the "UKIRT Template Library" from the file menu. Also in the File menu, select "new program" to create yourself an empty program.

Now a trivial example of editing soemthing: In the new program window that just appeared, double click on where it says "Science Program". An edit window appears immediately to the right of your science program window. Type in a title for this science program into the box labeled "Title". Ignore the other fields.

Basically, you prepare your science program by copying items from the template library, and editing them to your needs. In the template library, open the CGS4 folder by clicking on the little handle icon to it's left - the handle twists down and you can see the contents of the section. You should see a list of template cgs4 observations, looking somewhat like this:

Now, you're going to want to do the array tests at the start of your observing, so copy the "array tests" observation into your science program. To do this, put the mouse over the array tests, press and hold the left mouse button and move the mouse into your science program window. Now the OT is a bit picky about exactly where you drop stuff. Move the mouse (still dragging the little blue square observation icon") over the title or icon of your science program. As you go over this, you'll notice a little red and white diagonal arrow sign appear over your science program icon. This indicates that if you drop it there, the array tests observation will go into your science program, which is what you want, so go ahead and release the mouse button. You should now have something like this:

Contact: Tom Kerr. Updated: Wed Oct 6 11:54:35 HST 2004

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