Keck HIRES Spectrograph
HIgh Resolution Echelle Spectrometer
The HIRES spectrograph is a high resolution optical spectrometer mounted
permanently on the right Nasmyth platform of the Keck 10-meter telescope on
Mauna Kea, Hawaii.
Information about the HIRES which may prove useful to a guest observer are
described in this document.
The above link points to CARA's WWW page on HIRES.
We are currently upgrading the HIRES
The HIRES Users Manual
This manual describes the capabilities of HIRES. It is certainly incomplete,
but geting better all the time. The most recent version is presented here.
Users who find any essential information missing are welcome to request such
from Steve Vogt, who will add it and update the manual as time permits.
It is available as
a PostScript file. Note that because this file
was generated using Arbortext's Publisher software it does not
conform to Adobe Document Structuring Conventions. This means that it does
not preview well with GhostScript and may only be useful when printed.
The HIRES format simulator
The HIRES format simulator gives an observer insight into the locations
where light will fall on the detector. It is available in binary form for
Sparc systems running SunOS 4.1.x as a
compressed tar file.
The manual is also available as a
This manual was also created with Arbortext's Publisher and the above caveats
The source code for the format simulator is available upon request
to Steve Allen <firstname.lastname@example.org>
but can only be built if your site has Lick Mongo. Lick Mongo is
a derivative of the original MONGO by John Tonry.
The terms of its availability should be on the WWW.
The HIRES signal to noise simulator
The HIRES S/N simulator gives an observer insight into the observability
of objects. It accounts for instrumental characteristics as well as lunar
and seeing conditions. It is available as Fortran source code in this
tar file. The code was written by
The HIRES slit position angle calculator
Unless the image rotator for HIRES is used, the position angle of
the slit changes as the telescope tracks any object.
A PostScript plot charts the position angle
of the slit as the Keck tracks objects at various declinations.
A simple calculator program for this angle is also available in a
compressed tar file. This utility was
written by Steve Allen <email@example.com>.
The xhires control room simulator
The xhires program is the user interface which is used at the summit to
control the HIRES spectrograph. It can be run in a standalone mode
without being at Mauna Kea.
xhires is created, provided, and maintained by CARA. Instructions for
obtaining it are contained in their README file.
Please direct all further inquiries to the CARA personnel mentioned therein.
Steven S. Vogt <firstname.lastname@example.org>
University of California
Santa Cruz, CA 95064