From firstname.lastname@example.orgMon Apr 14 15:17:00 1997 Date: Thu, 10 Apr 1997 12:04:19 -0700 (PDT) From: email@example.com To: firstname.lastname@example.org Cc: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com Subject: WG Mtg #120 Minutes IPAC 2MASS Working Group Meeting #120 Minutes 4/08/97 Attendees: R. Beck, R. Cutri, T. Evans, J. Fowler, L. Fullmer, T. Jarrett, G. Kopan, B. Light, H. McCallon, S. Wheelock, J. White AGENDA 1.) Telescope Alignment 2.) 2MAPPS Dry Run 3.) Position Reconstruction Biases 4.) DBMAN Processing 5.) QUALITY Input Files 6.) DLT Hardware Move DISCUSSION 1.) Telescope Alignment R. Cutri reported that the alignment of the northern-hemisphere telescope's optical axis with respect to the declination-drive axis was now close enough to perpendicular that further alignment may be unnecessary. The misalignment is currently 243 arcsec. Within a couple of degrees of a pole, the pixel subsampling will not be very good unless the telescope control program is allowed to use the pointing model to do a lot of work to compensate for the misalignment. To align more nearly to perpendicularity would require tilting the primary mirror. A general request for input on whether this is needed has been issued. 2.) 2MAPPS Dry Run The 2MAPPS dry run scheduled for today is underway as the meeting goes on. R. Beck reported that the DARKS subsystem is running within the pipeline for the first time; this was tested yesterday and appeared to work correctly, but a thorough verification has not yet been carried out. G. Kopan reported that the PIXPHOT NAMELIST file being used is not the one that nulls out the position offsets between FREXAS extractions and PROPHOT extractions (see item 3 below and the addendum to these minutes); since the dry run had started recently, R. Beck cancelled it and restarted it with this file. 3.) Position Reconstruction Biases The position bias problems reported in the last two meeting minutes have been studied further with some significant progress. Three sources of position bias have been identified. G. Kopan has found that the zero points implicit in the FREXAS PSFs and those of PROPHOT are slightly different and give rise to a constant direction-independent position bias between the point sources used for frame-offset computation and those intended for the catalog. Gene provided a report which is appended to these minutes; this report shows that these biases can be controlled and therefore nulled out. A second source of position bias has been found by H. McCallon. This bias is direction-dependent and stems from an algorithm in which a linear correction is fit to the scan and turns out to need to be iterated. Just two iterations is enough to eliminate any bias between source positions from scans of opposite direction at the point in the pipeline between MAPCOR and BANDMERGE. After BANDMERGE, however, a residual bias is seen which is about half the previous amplitude. J. Fowler and H. McCallon will investigate the position-related code in BANDMERGE to see if the origin of this bias can be found. J. Fowler reported that he has checked for biases after position refinement and found none within the U-Scan coordinates used throughout BANDMERGE, and so the suspect area is the transformation between band-scan coordinates and U-Scan coordinates. [Note added in proof: It was determined that the usage of the band-scan-to-U- Scan transformation parameters in BANDMERGE was obsolete. BANDMERGE was the first code to include this transformation and had to be written before work on POSFRM could be undertaken by H. McCallon. Installation of the up-to-date prescription for this transformation has eliminated the last bit of position bias. It is encouraging to note that the sum of these three small sources of position bias would have been eliminated to a satisafactory extent by the POSPTS final position solution, since the contributors were all either constant or approximately linearly developing over the scan.] 4.) DBMAN Processing T. Evans reported that DBMAN is now operating in the pipeline as of the dry run. Since interfaces with DBMAN are now no longer hypothetical, she requested that close coordination with her be followed when any interface changes affecting the catalog need to be made. One such change coming up in the next few weeks involves the association parameters in the point source records after POSPTS processing. This affects the SIS's POS05 and GAL08. T. Evans also requested that subsystem engineers whose products go into the data base access such products therein and check for accuracy of representation. She will distribute information via email on how to perform such data base accesses. 5.) QUALITY Input Files L. Fullmer reported that she is still not receiving QUALITY input files from most subsystems. Discussion revealed that most subsystems are producing files for input to QUALITY, but the wrapper scripts have not been updated to move these files to the proper location. Linda will distribute information on where to move files for scan-oriented and date-oriented quality checking. 6.) DLT Hardware Move J. White reported that attempts to use the DLT hardware on rodan have encountered some problems (the DLT hardware was moved from lugosi to rodan yesterday to support the dry run). A simulated observatory tape that was processed correctly by the DLT hardware on lugosi is not able to be processed correctly on rodan. As a result, the dry run has not be able to begin at the DLTLOAD program, and the output from that point has been set up by hand. ADDENDUM From: G. Kopan Subject: frexas/prophot position biases In investigating the bias between ascending and decending scans, a bias was found between the frexas and prophot source positions. This bias was traced to differences in centering of the respective psfs in the protocamera psfs of frexas and prophot. A bias of 0.025+/-0.01 pixel in cross-scan and 0.076+/-0.015 pixel in in-scan was found, but in the same direction independent of scan direction. A test run was made on the M92 scans with corrections in pixphot for these bias was made, and as expected, the bias between ascending and decending scans was not fixed, although all sources were moved in the same direction by the expected amount. These corrections will be included in future runs on the protocamera data. Special attention will be given so that these biases will be removed when the survey camera data psfs are created. Checks will be made on the results, and provision will be made to remove any residual biases so that the r1 and r2 source positions will agree with each other and with the coadded images.