Using APT for HST: Videos and Documentation
Since APT is highly graphical, the best way to learn it is to watch someone use it. So we have provided a series of short training movies to demonstrate the APT tools — feedback from GOs shows the movies are highly recommended. There are also equivalent text documents which should be helpful for printing, and quick reference.
General APT Training Materials
Phase I Specific APT Training Materials
Aladin Interface Training Materials
Aladin is the tool for visualizing exposures in APT. We highly recommend the movies below so you can become familiar with Aladin's conventions.
|Using Aladin with APT in Phase I||Yes||8.5 mins.|
|Creating mosaics in Phase I||Yes||5 mins.|
|Using HLA with Aladin||Yes||3.5 mins.|
|Using Aladin with APT in Phase II||Yes||6.5 mins.|
|Measuring/updating orientations||-||1.5 mins.|
|Creating Pos Targ offsets||Yes||2 mins.|
|Reviewing/updating patterns||Yes||1.5 mins.|
|Visualizing the path of a moving target observation||Yes||-|
|Using the Aladin Multiview Function||-||1.5 mins.|
Phase II Specific APT Training Materials
Note: The Phase II Proposal Roadmap contains all of these links in a high level step-by-step proposal writing procedure.
|Getting started in Phase II||Yes||9.5 mins.|
|Understanding the Phase II PDF Proposal Preview||Yes||-|
|Running the Orbit Planner||Yes||5.5 min|
|Annotated Snapshot of the Orbit Planner Features||Yes||-|
|Running the Visit Planner||Yes||4 mins.|
|Annotated Snapshot of the Visit Planner Features||Yes||-|
|Changing Orbit Numbers & Actual Durations in Sub-exposures||Yes||7 mins.|
|Using the Auto-adjust Feature for Orbit Packing||Yes||4 mins.|
|Creating Multi Visit Mosaics||-||8 mins.|
|Creating Patterns||Yes||3 mins.|
|Creating Coordinated Parallel Observations||Yes||2 mins.|
|Cheat sheet for dealing with parallel buffer dumps||Yes||-|
|Creating Non-interruptible Exposure Sequences||Yes||3 mins.|
|Creating a Big Phase II Proposal||Yes||-|
|Using the Text Proposal (.prop) File||Yes||-|
|How to Ingest Fixed Targets in Phase II||Yes||-|
|How to make and use Fixed Target Confirmation Charts||Yes||4.5 mins.|
|How APT Processes Solar System Targets||Yes||-|
|How to use the MAST Portal from APT||-||7 mins.|
|How to export Exposure Maps||Yes||-|
|How to use the Bright Object Tool||Yes||10.5 mins.|
|How to use the COS BOT||Yes||12 mins.|
|How to retrieve minor body orbital elements from Horizons||-||2 mins.|
Tips and Troubleshooting
- Need plug-in: If these movies do not work at all, you may need to download the browser plug-in MacroMedia Shockwave/Flash Player. You should have Shockwave 7.0 or higher. (In Netscape and Mozilla you can check your version by clicking on "About Plugins" in the Help menu.)
- Volume: You may need to adjust the audio on your machine to a comfortable level.
- Replaying: If you would like to replay a section of the movie, note that there is a cursor at the bottom of the screen that you can drag forward or backward to change where you are in the movie.
- More help: If you are having trouble learning to use APT even after viewing the appropriate movies, please contact us (through firstname.lastname@example.org).