Lick LGS AO Tools.

Here are a few quick software tools I have developed for use with the Lick Laser Guide Star Adaptive Optics system.

Setup Stars

For LGS observations, you need a 9th magnitude setup star within 1.5 degrees of each of your science targets. My setupstar.pl script automatically queries the SAO catalog at Vizier and returns several possible candidates for your use. This script merely requires you to have Perl and the lynx web browser. Usage:
>> ./setupstar.pl LkHa 198
 Searching for 9th mag LGS setup stars for LkHa 198...

     SAO  21168:    0.122996         00 10 42.07  +58 44 47.0
     SAO  21157:    0.146155         00 10 18.47  +58 49 50.4
     SAO  21151:    0.350941         00 09 55.35  +58 32 02.1
     SAO  21227:    0.370497         00 13 57.94  +58 59 56.3
     SAO  21130:    0.408510         00 08 58.36  +58 34 13.2
The argument you supply can be any SIMBAD-recognized object name or just specify RA and Dec. You can then pick setup stars which are around 9-9.5 mag and preferably red (spectral types K or M) if possible.

Target List

Air Force Laser Clearance

You must submit a list of RA and Dec in 1950 coords ahead of time to Air Force Space Command to get clearance to propagate the laser. The lgstable.pl script will produce an appropriately formatted table for you.
>> cat starnames.txt | ./lgstable.pl
OBJECT        RA1950    DEC1950
LkHa259       23 56 09.8 +66 09 31
V376Cas       00 08 47.48 +58 33 22.5
CUCnc         08 28 45.91 +19 33 54.6 [336.53 170.
...
The input file is just a text file containing one SIMBAD-resolvable name per line. Note that as of Fall 2004, you have to include the setup stars in the Air Force list explicitly, so make sure to find those all first!

Lick target list

You can also run licktargetlist.pl to generate a Lick-formatted target list. It works exactly the same way, just formats the output differently.