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logosmallarcetri Arcetri Technical Reports 4/2000

XNICS User's Guide

V. Gavryusev

C.N.R. - C.A.I.S.M.I. and
Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri


XNICS is the user-level software for the use of NICS, the Near Infrared Camera Spectrometer that the Arcetri Infrared Group developed for The TNG (Telescopio Nazionale Galileo).

This is the first production version of the Xnics, released at 20.07.2000 for the commissioning stage of the NICS (Near Infrared Camera-Spectrometer) at TNG (Telescopio Nazionale Galileo), La Palma, Spain. It supports all basic measurement tasks as well as contains the functionality intended for the instruments development and their tuning. The user interface is X11 widget based interface (created upon ATHENA widget set). The software is created as a network distributed software, while basically is executed on the PC dedicated for the measurements.

The manual contains the basic information necessary for the use of the software for the measurements, its configuration in the user dependent part and some technical information concerning the software and file system organization, which can help the observer in his/her work at the telescope. More technical details are described in two other manuals, XNICS Programmer's Guide and XNICS Software Maintenance Guide.

The complete report.