The TMT Observatory is planning and developing a full suite of tools and documentation needed for proposal preparation, pre-observation planning, observing quick-look tools and post-observing data reduction. Some of the development is based on existing practices at large international observatories and part will be specifically developed for TMT instruments and operations. Another part of the development will take place as operations move toward steady state after first light and will be carried out by the observatory’s Software and Information Technology (SWIT) Group. Support to users for all aspects from proposal preparation to data reduction is a service that will be provided by the observatory's Science Operations Staff.
Observation planning tools to model the AO system performance and allow selection of the AO guide stars that will give the best AO performance will be needed when preparing observations. Planning tools will also capture all instrument configuration, target information, calibration information, limitations for atmospheric conditions and other observation information, e.g. dithering, integration time, etc..
The NFIRAOS Adaptive Optics page Observation Preparation section has more details.
The IRIS Exposure Time Calculator includes full PSF decomposition and is designed to assist with the development of science cases and eventually with proposal planning.
Observation planning tools for WFOS are being planned and developed. Tools will support target selection and instrument configuration, selection of guide stars, requirements for atmospheric conditions, calibration, etc..
Observation planning tools for MODHIS are being planned and developed. Tools will support target selection and instrument and NIFIRAOS configuration, requirements for atmospheric conditions, calibration, etc..