Simulators and other Tools

These mostly Java programs are made available by the instrument PIs and the SALT team to aid astronomers in the planning of their proposals.

Mac OS Users: Please see if you get an error about a corrupt file.


There is no standalone program for BVIT, but there is a Count Rate Estimator.

HRS Simulator

Calculate signal-to-noise (S/N) ratios and other info.


The proposal and observation preparation tool.

Mac OS Users:  The Java runtime environment is not bundled with the PIPT any longer, so you need to install Java 8 or higher (if it isn’t installed already). If you cannot launch the PIPT from the Applications folder, try rebooting your computer.


The primary reduction and analysis software tools for the SALT telescope.


Prepare MOS masks using the new SALT mask preparation program.

The PySlitMask tool is part of the PySALT package. More instructions on the use of the PySlitMask tool can be found on the SALT science wiki.


Prepare MOS masks using the original SALT mask preparation program.

RSS Simulator

Calculate signal-to-noise (S/N) ratios and other info.

SALTICAM Simulator

Calculate signal-to-noise (S/N) ratios and other info.

Tim’s Finder Chart Tool

We strongly recommend all users to make use of Tim’s Finder Chart Tool, a web interface to easily make clear finder charts.

Note that the tool actually automatically available from within the PIPT, by merely pressing the “Generate Finding Chart” button at the Acquisition panel of a Block.

If you cannot easily see your target(s), please provide additional finder charts that adhere to the Finder Chart Guidelines.

Visibility Calculator

Check nightly and seasonal visibility of targets.