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12 July 2008 Gemini queue planning
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The Gemini telescopes were designed to be queue scheduled and currently more than 90% of the telescope time is devoted to queue observing. In queue mode observations are done in the conditions that are appropriate for them and it is easier to accommodate programs that require flexible scheduling such as Target of Opportunity observations of gamma ray bursts. Queue observing is most efficient when the number of available options is maximized. A small number of programs usually cannot fill all combinations of RA/Dec and observing conditions constraints. One way to maximize the available options is to allow the use of more than one instrument on a given night. The Gemini telescopes were also designed with this in mind; two or three instruments are usually active on any given night. Large numbers of programs and multiple instruments complicate the processes of planning, managing, and executing the queue. Therefore, Gemini is developing software tools to aid the queue planning. This presentation will outline the Gemini queue planning process and give an overview of the Gemini queue planning tool and the plans for its near-term development.
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Bryan W. Miller and Robert Norris "Gemini queue planning", Proc. SPIE 7016, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems II, 70160V (12 July 2008);


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