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OSIRIS @ SOAR Online Documentation

Osiris OSIRIS (the Ohio State InfraRed Imager/Spectrometer) is a multi-purpose infrared imager & spectrometer built by the Ohio State University. It is currently deployed at the SOAR 4.1m telescope as a facility IR instrument. OSIRIS operates at wavelengths from 0.9 to 2.4 microns and uses a 1024x1024 HAWAII HgCdTe array supplied by CTIO.

These links provide access to all online documentation for OSIRIS and related systems. The first two sets are of greatest interest to general observers while the third set is primarily intended for SOAR and OSU technical support personnel. Many documents are available in HTML, PostScript, and PDF formats.


Basic Observer Information (required reading):Hieroglyph for Osiris

The OSIRIS User's Manual (HTML, 1999 Apr 13)

Instrument Configuration Summary (HTML; 2007 May 23)

(Re)start and Troubleshooting (HTML; 2007 May)

Observing Notes (HTML; 2007, July)

Block Diagram of the OSIRIS system (PNG; 2007 May)

Prospero, the User Interface

Prospero Command Scripts for OSIRIS at SOAR (HTML; 2004 July)

Quick Reference Card for OSIRIS at SOAR (PostScript; 2000 January 6)

OSIRIS Prospero Manual (Gzip'd Postscript 1999 February 17)

Online Prospero Manual & Documents

Prospero Observer's Guides & Instrument Reference Cards

Prospero Scripts Manual [Gzip'd PS| PDF] (November 2001)

Detailed Observer Information

Known OSIRIS Problems (HTML; 2011 July)

Contact Information

Publication Acknowledgement for OSIRIS

Technical and Support Information Star Hieroglyph

Instrument Setup (for SOAR Telops) (HTML; 2007 May)


Overview of the Instrument Control System (ICIMACS)

Caliban FITS Data-Transfer Daemon


OSIRIS dark current test (HTML; 2001 Jan 30)

Backup of OSIRIS observer account (gzip'd tar file, 2006 March 09)

Backup of the OSIRIS dts account (gzip'd tar file, 2006 March 09)

Other Information Nut, Goddess of the Heavens

About OSIRIS (the instrument)

About Osiris (the god)

The Tale of Isis & Osiris

Our Sponsors Eye of Heaven

Funding for OSIRIS was provided by grants from The Ohio State University, and National Science Foundation Grants AST-9016112 and AST-9218449. The NICMOS4 detector was purchased by CTIO, which is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy Inc. (AURA), under a cooperative agreement with the NSF as part of the National Optical Astronomy Observatories (NOAO).
The Ohio State University CTIO The National Science Foundation AURA NOAO

All OSIRIS observers are required to acknowledge the support of these sponsors in any publications resulting from OSIRIS data.

[ Ohio State University Astronomy Department | CTIO Home Page | SOAR]
Updated: 2007 July 26 [osiris@astronomy.ohio-state.edu][rblum@ctio.noao.edu]