VIRCAM @ VISTA Documentation

VIRCAM / VISTA User Manual

All the information about the instrument itself, its modes and their characteristics as well as detailed information on the acquisition, observation, and calibration templates. Use the latest version. Older versions are kept for historical reasons.

The Survey Area Definition Tool - SADT

For the preparation of survey observations with VISTA the use of the Survey Area Definition tool is required to define the survey layout and select suitable guide and active optics stars. The tool and its documentation (cookbook and video tutorial) are available from:

The Phase 2 Proposal Preparation Tool - P2

The service mode observation for the ESO public survey requires to schedule a large number of observation blocks every year. This requires a p2 tool which can handle as well complex observing strategies. This tool can be used to schedule any VIRCAM observations.

  • All relevant links and information on p2 can be found here

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