Getting Started: Using ODIN


If you need to do more advanced observations with the telescopes than the default 'On Sky' system offers, such as changing the cadence or adding jitter, then you can use the ODIN interface. Below are the instructions of how to set your account up to use ODIN and a guide on how to do an observation with the system.



1) From the home page, click on the Requests tab at the top of the page and select Compose.




2) First, enter your Request Title. This should be something meaningful that you will recognise. You may want to put your initials in there as well. Then select the FTP Education – Queue proposal or FTP Education (Gaia Alerts) if you intend to observe a Gaia target.



3) Now select Add an Imaging target and input the following parameters for your observation: 

  • Target Name
  • Right Ascension and Declination
  • Telescope Class
  • Wavelength Filter (you cna only select one at a time)
  • Duration (seconds)  

All other parameters can be left as they are. The interface may also recognise the name of your target and automatically set the Right Ascension and Declination so you don’t have to.

When you are done, select Add




4) This request will now appear under Observation Request Elements. As you can only add one filter at a time, if you want to add additional filters (for example RBV to make a colour image), you will need to select the + symbol and select Exposure.



5) Select the Wavelength filter you wish to use and the Duration of the exposure and click Add. You can repeat this for each exposure you wish to make.



6) Finally, you will need to set EITHER a Time window or a Cadence for your observation. A time window is relevant when you just want to make one observation of your object (see step 7). A cadence is suitable when you want to make multiple observations of your object over time (see step 8)



7) Setting a Time window. You will need to click on the + sign again and this time select Time window. Input the dates within which you would like your observation to be made and select Add




8) Setting a Cadence.
You will need to click on the + sign again and this time select Cadence. Input the date you want your observations to start being made and when you want them to finish. In Period you need to enter how often (in hours) you want your observations to be made within the time frame you have given. For example, if you want an image to be taken once a day, then enter 24. Jitter allows you to add some flexibility in your request.

For example, if the telescope network is unable to perform the observation in the 24 hours you have set but you don’t mind it being done within 48 hours, then enter 24 here. The Jitter value can only be equal to or less than the value of your period.

When you are done, click Add. 



9) You should now have submitted the following: 

  • Request title
  • Proposal
  • Target Object
  • Exposures
  • Tme window OR Cadence 


If so, there should be a little green tick on the right-hand side of the Observation Request Elements box. If there is a red cross, then you are missing one of the things listed above. If you cannot see what you are missing, contact the Faulkes Telescope Project team.




10) Now select Submit followed by Yes when you are asked if you are sure. Your request is now in the queue waiting to be observed. 



All being well, a little green box should pop up on the right-hand side confirming your request submission.