General Phase 2 Documentation

For a successful service mode run it is absolutely essential that all users read the following documentation.


P2 tutorials are available for a number of instruments. Please select an instrument from the instrument drop-down menu on the right. A dedicated test environment is available for p2 at 

Also available are some general general tutorials on the use of scheduling containers, on the attachment of finding charts, on filling out the README, and on finalizing the overall Phase 2 submission.

Please be informed that a set of template OBs are available in the p2demo. Under each Observing Run you will able to access to the Instrument’s specific Tutorial folder, where we have stored some example OBs designed for different modes and observing strategy. Please fell free to copy and paste these OBs into your working folder. The template OBs can be also exported via the import/export function. Please do not change the content of the Tutorial folders.

Additional documentation for VIRCAM

VIRCAM Manuals

The observation blocks for VIRCAM have to be created with the web-based p2 tool and the supporting Survey Area Definition Tool (SADT). The documentation on VIRCAM and those tools can be found here:

VIRCAM Tutorials

In addition to manuals, there are video tutorials which show examples how to prepare VIRCAM OBs:

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