Computers @ Paranal

In the VLT Control Room

In the VLT Control, visitor mode OBs are executed via the vOT (Visitor Observing Tool). Preparation softare (FIMS, FPOSS ) are available on wgsoff# (# represents the UT1-4), or on wvgoff for the VLTI. Both workstations wu#dhs and wgsoff# (wvgdhs and wvgoff for the VLTI) have access to the printer laser1, in the control room.

Data Reduction Software

For a quick-look data reduction you are invited to use the offline workstation wgsoff# (wvgoff for the VLTI) where the data are transfered automatically during the night. See Data Reduction Software to find out what is installed on the wgsoff#/wvgoff workstation and how to use this software.

Connecting a Private Laptop

Support relating to laptop connection can be requested from IT Service (phone nr. 5959).

If you plan to use MS-Windows, you must have your laptop scanned and certified before connecting it to the ESO network. Please contact IT Support (phone nr. 5959) to organize this.

Whether you use Windows, MacOS-X or Linux, you need to make sure that the network configuration has been set to DHCP. The laptop will then be assigned an IP number automatically.

Transferring Data to Your Laptop

You can copy your data to your personal laptop. Connect the laptop to the wireless network ESO_VA in the control room (password provided by the night astronomer). Then push the data from the offline machine to your laptop, using e.g. scp or rsync.