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: If you get an error “Unable to load Java Runtime Environment”, please use the file for other operating systems. Assuming the file is called application.jar and you are in the directory where it is stored, you can launch it with java -jar application.jar.

Mac OS Users: Please see http://astronomers.salt.ac.za/proposals/faq/#phase1_14 if you get an error about a corrupt file.


Visibility Calculator

Check nightly and seasonal visibility of targets.

Mac OS Users: If you get an error “Unable to load Java Runtime Environment”, please use the file for other operating systems. Assuming the file is called application.jar and you are in the directory where it is stored, you can launch it with java -jar application.jar.

Mac OS Users: Please see http://astronomers.salt.ac.za/proposals/faq/#phase1_14 if you get an error about a corrupt file.


PIPT

The proposal and observation preparation tool.

Java 8 or higher is needed for running the PIPT.

Mac OS Users: If you get an error “Unable to load Java Runtime Environment”, please use the file for other operating systems. Assuming the file is called application.jar and you are in the directory where it is stored, you can launch it with java -jar application.jar.

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.


HRS Simulator

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

Mac OS Users: If you get an error “Unable to load Java Runtime Environment”, please use the file for other operating systems. Assuming the file is called application.jar and you are in the directory where it is stored, you can launch it with java -jar application.jar.

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.


RSS Simulator

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

Please update to Java 10 if you are using Java 9.

Mac OS Users: If you get an error “Unable to load Java Runtime Environment”, please use the file for other operating systems. Assuming the file is called application.jar and you are in the directory where it is stored, you can launch it with java -jar application.jar.

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.


SALTICAM Simulator

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

Please update to Java 10 if you are using Java 9.

Mac OS Users: If you get an error “Unable to load Java Runtime Environment”, please use the file for other operating systems. Assuming the file is called application.jar and you are in the directory where it is stored, you can launch it with java -jar application.jar.

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.


PySlitMask

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.


RSMT

Prepare MOS masks using the original SALT mask preparation program.

Please update to Java 10 if you are using Java 9.

MacOS Users: You need to use the Oracle JDK, not the OpenJDK.

Mac OS Users: If you get an error “Unable to load Java Runtime Environment”, please use the file for other operating systems. Assuming the file is called application.jar and you are in the directory where it is stored, you can launch it with java -jar application.jar.

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.


Data reduction

Please see the Science Wiki for guidance on data reduction, particularly with PySALT.


Finder Chart Tool

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

Note that the tool is 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.


BVIT Simulator

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