SAM User Guides and Documentation
As explained in the Observing with SAM page, the observer is in charge of operating the SAM Imager (SAMI), which entails selection of the binning, selecting and changing filters, setting the exposure time, applying dithers if needed, and setting up the object name. The observer is also reponsible for taking the bias and flat-field calibrations before the observations. Sky flats are strongly preferred over dome flats, because the latter do not correct well the shadows of the dust particles.
The Adaptive Optics system and Laser are operated by the SAM Support Astronomer, but we provide here the respective manual so the user can refer to it to gain a better understanding of how the system works, and to get familiar with the AO module GUI. The safety document for normal operations is also appended; users who will be present at the telescope should read this.
We expect the user to at least read the SAMI Instrument manual to learn how to use the imager interface.
- SAMI Instrument Manual (Mar 13, 2013) [PDF]
- SAM user guide, V.1.1 (Dec 3, 2019) [PDF]
- Laser safety, normal operations V2 (Dec. 2015) [PDF]
- Paper describing the SAM instrument: Tokovinin et al. (2016)
- SAM Commissioning Report (Dec 2013)
- Our web page with a guide for reducing SAM data
Updated on June 8, 2021, 5:00 am